Week 1- Community Health Research in a Clinic Serving the Uninsured and Underinsured

This summer I will be doing research regarding obtaining information and becoming familiar with records that show how the uninsured and under-insured are treated in the system. For my first week I was to first become familiar with the local clinic in Williamsburg. Olde Towne Medical Center is the main focus of the research at the moment. Therefore, in order to get a bit familiar with the clinic and a few things they do, I researched them and read some articles written by my supervisor, Professor Obasanjo, about finding regarding dental care and diabetes to see how the uninsured and under-insured function within this medical institution. I then compiled information in a table over the past five years of patient profiles. This will allow me to compare and contrast the information from the years 2014-2018 to see if there has been a decline or rise in efforts made to better the conditions and facilities they are able to access.

Week 2 — Molecular Reagent Preparation Continued

As I successfully put a piece of gene of interest into one of my donor plasmids, I am able to recombine some of the existed donor plasmids into one. These reactions involves taking 3 donor plasmids and put several pieces of sequences of them (inserts) into one backbone plasmid (vector), which is called LR reactions under the Gateway technology. This week, I set up 4 LR reactions, which are listed as follow.

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Week 1– molecular Reagent Preparation

As I mentioned in the abstract, the goal of my research is to investigate mitochondrial features and its relationship with neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Therefore, it is necessary to construct certain plasmids (i.e. molecular reagents) to mark both the NPCs and mitochondria. Thus, constructing a vector plasmid requires three donor plasmids (see below): 1. a promoter region (5′ entry plasmid); 2. a sequence that is responsible for marking NPCs (middle’ entry plasmid); 3. a sequence that is responsible for marking mitochondria (3′ entry plasid). For this week, I put a sequence that generates red florescent protein into a 3′ entry plasmid as a donor plasmid.

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Blog Post 3

This week I began drafting my paper by creating “introduction” and “theoretical framework” sections. Within these two, the readers will find background knowledge about “minute sketches” and their applicability to different subjects. Many articles are cited within these (for 2 pages, I have already acquired a double-digit number of sources). I have also been in touch with Emma Arents to discuss further actions regarding the continuation of her thesis.

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Back to the desert: Diamictite strain analysis explained

After a week of tromping around Virginia’s Piedmont backcountry, it was time to get back to get back to my metadiamictite from the Oman desert. The fresh air was a nice reset and I was able to come back to the McG TC with a crisp get-it-done drive.

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