Healthy Lab Relationships

It is important for members of a lab to maintain healthy relationships to keep a positive work environment that promotes productivity and results. Throughout the summer, the members within Dr. Shanta D Hinton’s lab developed and preserved very close relationships. This allowed for newer members such as myself to feel confident to ask for help when needed. The lab would often spend time together outside of work, really getting to know each other’s personalities and backgrounds that greatly contributed to a healthy lab dynamic. Because our environment was so positive, I was able to learn immeasurable knowledge and skills pertaining to the lab’s research. It was amazing to develop a relationship with our principal investigator, Dr. Hinton, as well; learning valuable life skills and obtaining advice that will surely guide each of her students toward a successful future. I am very excited to continue my work along side my colleagues and mentor.

Kuantan: Spending A Week At IIUM’s Medical University

This week was absolutely interesting and different from any of the other weeks. Professor Faridah sent Divya and me to Kuantan for a week to work with Dr. Ailin. To be quite honest, I was not excited to go to Kuantan because I found out last minute, and I was provided with very little information and logistics about the 3-hour trip. I was also very reluctant to go to on the trip because it is a medical university, something that I am not interested in at all. Nonetheless, I decided to go on the trip because I figured I would learn a lot about public health in Malaysia, something that I am quite interested in. Divya and I did a lot and learned a lot in Kuantan. We shadowed Dr. Ailin for five days. We were able to watch a doctor perform surgery where she removed an ovarian cyst. Outside of work, we ate so much in Kuantan. I have to say that I prefer food in Kuantan over food in Kuala Lumpur. Kuantan has so many native and unique dishes that you cannot find anywhere else. Dr. Ailin and her assistant, Ariff truly made us feel out home by taking us on excursions and treating us to dinners.

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