The Squirmiest Worms

Elizabeth Ejzak is a senior majoring in Chemistry. She was awarded a Summer 2018 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on the effects of plant extracts on health span under Dr. Daniel Kalman and Dr. Cassandra Quave. 


Have you ever wondered why we cannot remain springy, spry, and free of illness forever?  If so, you are in luck.  In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of studies into aging mechanisms, and delaying their onsets.  While there are theoretically infinitely many approaches, we fortunately have some insight on the keys to longevity.   Cultures in regions such as the Mediterranean who consume higher quantities of plant-based foods, healthy fats and whole grains and lower quantities of animal-based foods tend to live the longest, while also delaying the onset of senescence, or age-related deterioration.  

The (Real) Scientific Method

Amber Feng is a senior majoring in Biology. She was awarded a Summer 2018 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on gene expression in cancer cells under Dr. Hyunsuk Shim.

When I first joined Dr. Shim's lab, I had no research experience other than one and a half semesters of introductory biology lab. Although I felt comfortable with pipetting and counting C. elegans under a microscope, I had little understanding of the larger implications of research and what it truly meant to be a scientist. I have always learned about the “scientific method” which, to me, meant reading literature, performing experiments, and writing papers. I thought the process would be relatively linear, rather than branched and filled with unexpected turns.