LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COOL RESEARCH/WORK THAT WE DO.......

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  1. Tweetie_bird

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    I'm noticing that a lot of us are doing some really cool stuff, while being premeds. Surely, the whole "premed" environment has changed since the previous generation got into med school. Some docs that I worked with told me that they didn't even need EC's other than MCAT. :rolleyes:
    So anyway, i'd like to hear what y'all do..at work. I personally love the research that I do, and am willing to share it if asked. But for now, let's hear it from you guys.....!!
     
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    PINKY SWEAR: This is true, but a bit disgusting...so read at your own risk.

    So this semester, in my reproduction biology class, I got my certification for "artificially inseminating" farm animals.

    Also, you are supposed to collect semen samples from bulls too and every student who wants to be certified needs to, like, stroke the bull or whatever and collect the semen in a little "pump" container.

    Except, when I did it for the first time, I thought you need to stroke the damn thing for a while. But alas....much to my amazement, it only took 3 strokes! and I wasn't ready and the semen hit a girl in the face.

    Since I'm certified, every weekend I go collect milk from cows, and I jack-off bulls.

    PS...Hell, I'm even puttin' this on the AMCAS. But I've gotta find a professional term for "stroking"....any suggestions of what I can say? Part of my personal statement is also going to be about it. But that's because of my rural/country/farm animal background and stuff.
     
  4. Tweetie_bird

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    oh lord....
    LOL...I am not sure if I should even believe that, although I bet the girl wasn't happy with this. eew! I just had to go wash my face :D

    hey, it's no pain, there's no shame..I've had to do stuff like this too (just not on farm animals <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> ) They called it "clinical skills" where we had to go pick up urine from diabetic people and process it. YUCK. I only had to do it for a month or so. But it still sucked!

    Let's hear more from others...minus the animal porn please <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  5. Nanon

    Nanon An urban myth.

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    I'm currently working at UCSF, in the Statistics and Epidemiology department, as an assistant researcher for a project looking at HIV medication compliance among the homeless. It's facinating work, and I get paid pretty well for it. I've learned a huge amount about HIV and HCV, and the medications and treatments. I'm also learning a lot about how patients actually interact with their physicians, their treatment plans, and their medications.

    I LOVE MY JOB! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    Nanon
     
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    Philosopher,
    That's the funniest, most disgusting thing I've heard in a long time. What kind of $$ do you make for a gig like that? Is your practice limited to bulls or can you "milk" say a chicken also? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
  7. kutastha

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    I started out in a lab investigating a region on chromosome 6q23-24 that was deleted in 50% of melanoma DNAs. I initially started out trying to characterize and generate a contig of the region (using P1 artificial chromosomes) in order to place certain genes or ESTs at the area of loss (once the HGP took off this became a little outdated). I looked first at katanin, a microtubule-severing protein that we thought might be involved in CIN. There were no mutations nor deletions in 48 melanoma matched pairs and 73 cell lines. So we nixed it and moved on.

    Another gene that resides right in the region of loss covers about 300 kb and we started looking into this one. Only one mutation was found, so not strong evidence. However a homozygous deletion of a polymorphic repeat in exon 1 was seen in 35% of the melanoma matched pairs.

    Well, my PI left to go to the NIH so I transferred in 2000 to an ovarian cancer lab that had collaborated with my PI years ago on the same project. I designed a vector containing the gene, transfected it into a cancer cell line and it subsequently reduced the growth rate drastically, failed to form foci in soft agar, and suppressed tumor growth in nude mice.

    Now, I'm writing my dissertation, a paper and setting up my defense for June 28.
     
  8. sunflower79

    sunflower79 Plays well with knives

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    Hey Nanon, are you working with the REACH project? I know Paula Z... who works with it also and we're sorta office mates.

    I also love my job but don't know how to do that hand-clapping thing..

    I'm running a clinical research study at the county hospital and get to interview patients in English and Cantonese for 45 min a piece about communicating with their doctors and other personal issues relating to their health. I especially love the first 15-30 min of the interview where I'm trying to explain the study to patients and have to speak to the different concerns that each patient has. I love meeting characters from all different walks of life. Now our study is about to launch a randomized controlled trial for a new visual medication reminder so patients will see a picture of their pill(s) for each day of the week and remember what to take. So now I'll really get to do something to directly help them!

    Isn't life grand :)
     
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    I worked at Mayo Clinic for 3 years and I can assure that nothing is more exciting than collecting output from patients with short bowel syndrome and ostomy bags. But, I got to advance an endoscopy tube through an ostomy, which was harder than I thought. Also got co-authorship so that was cool.

    A bit of a freakish experience involved removing the brain of a 2-hr post-mortem volunteer for AD pathology. Performed immunostaining exper on his brain which resulted in nat. platform in chicago.

    Interaction with patients was more rewarding though...had lots of opportunity to talk with them and listen to their stories, and actually make friendships...one even came to my tennis tournaments!

    Thank goodness I haven't had the opportunity to choke any farm animal's chickens!
     
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    Back in 1984, you know, about the time most of you were in pre-school...good grief... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> I was helping do dopamine studies on white rats for the neuropsych. department. Poor little things, screwcaps on their heads...we would open the windows sometimes and get yelled at by the animal rights activists on campus. They probably were some of the same people who are now fighting for equal and free access to all the health care and drugs that have come about by doing animal studies...but then that's another subject. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  11. Sweet Tea

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    I swear that bull-jacking story is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time!!!

    I do research on osteoarthritis-- I work on both a genetics study and a longitundinal study. The best part of my job-- by far-- is the interaction with patients (oops, I mean participants... see the MCAT forum for that joke). I do patient interviews, physical exams, physical function tests and the like.

    And although I enjoy my job, I've learned enough to know I don't want to be a rheumatologist. Nothing against rheumatology; it's just not for me. But this job is great for now. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  12. Explosivo

    Explosivo blah!

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    I work on Type-III secretion, an immune system evasion strategy used by a variety of gram negative pathogens such as Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. I work on Yersinia enterocolitca which is a close relative of pestis and *a lot* safer to work with.

    As opposed to pestis, enterocolitica is an extra-cellular pathogen that is the primary cause of yersiniosis which is basically acute bacterial gastroenteritis-you'll be spending a lot of time on the toilet in other words. Plus you'd have some abdominal pain and a low grade fever to go with it. It's not too common in the U.S. but it is fairly common in the developing world where it has surpassed Salmonella and Shigella as the major cause of gastroenteritis. Best way to catch it is through contaminated and mishandled food: pork, tofu, and poultry.
     
  13. Tweetie_bird

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    you guys are doing some awesome stuff!!
    Kuthastha, good luck on your defense. wow, June 28th is really close....
    Let's hear some more <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    i am researching whether there is a correlation between obesity and the size of a clitorus.
    check out next issue of Science.
     
  15. The Philosopher

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    Nuclear Rabbit,

    Man...I thought a bull jackin off was disgusting.
    But you top the charts.

    Do you use human subjects, or what? Jeez louise.

    Green, believe it or not, I get frigging minimum wage for this. Isn't that a load of crap? Minimum wage. I dunno about milking chickens though. But I guess if you can milk a cat (Meet the Parents rules!!!), then you can do anything you want, right?

    What's even more disgusting is when our lab instructor showed us how to do it, he used his bare hands.

    I dunno about all this stuff, though. Before, I loved steak, and meat, and I was a die hard carnivore. But with what they do to these animals, it's just unbelievable.

    Our university did some genetic thing to a cow where you can put your hand in it's abdomen and feel its stomach. Also, the female pigs on the agriculture campus? They are kept in a cage and given food so that they'd be nice and plump and fat. And their piglets just get the milk from the mom while she's in that position the whole day.

    How cruel is that? Anybody Vegan out there? I feel your pain. But....there is NO WAY I can turn down a slothering smoked black steak. I know that for sure.
     
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    neuroendocrinology obesity research for 2 years working with rats: taking out the muscle within 30 seconds after the rats were sacrificed with a guilliotine (i didnt have to do that thank god!), collecting fat tissue surrounding the testis, intestine, and kidneys, slicing, staining the frozen brain, radio-immunoassays. currently working for infertility clinic involved in clinical research of fertility preservation in cancer patients, e.g., assisting in monitoring ovaries transplanted in the patient's forearm. :D
     
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    Hey Tweetie--

    I did some similar things when I worked at a neuroanaomy lab at MCPH, and thankfully I never had to use the rat guillotine (eek!). We were looking at different ways to repair spinal cord lesions and we did a lot of motor testing on the rats. We did one test where we made the rats swim in a fish tank... do you know what rats do when you stick 'em in water? They poo. A lot. A whole lot. I don't like rat poo. Other than the poo, it was a cool job!
     
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    Femtochemistry Skunk Works

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    For the last 3 years (since i was 17) i have been working in research lab that does suspended animation (SA) on dogs,pigs, & monkeys. In a nutshell, we kill the animals, then (either 15/30/60/120 mins later) we bring them back to life. It's amazing how one animal could be BRAIN DEAD for hours and yet come back to life. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

    When they do come back to life, they are not always like they were before the SA. Yes, at least 35% die during the SA; however, about 20-30% are normal, and the rest just need more time to recover.
     
  20. Nanon

    Nanon An urban myth.

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by sunflower79:
    <strong>Hey Nanon, are you working with the REACH project? I know Paula Z... who works with it also and we're sorta office mates.

    I also love my job but don't know how to do that hand-clapping thing..

    I'm running a clinical research study at the county hospital and get to interview patients in English and Cantonese for 45 min a piece about communicating with their doctors and other personal issues relating to their health. I especially love the first 15-30 min of the interview where I'm trying to explain the study to patients and have to speak to the different concerns that each patient has. I love meeting characters from all different walks of life. Now our study is about to launch a randomized controlled trial for a new visual medication reminder so patients will see a picture of their pill(s) for each day of the week and remember what to take. So now I'll really get to do something to directly help them!

    Isn't life grand :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yes, actually, I do work for the REACH study! Tell Paula hi, I'll see her at the meeting next Thursday (if not sooner), and I'm seething with envy about her trip to Africa this summer! Hehehe.

    That pill picture idea is great - we should try it with our population. Maybe this is in the offing soon and I'm out of the loop? Anyway, I'm at the hospital a lot more this summer, maybe I'll run into you. I'm the girl with the black hair and tattoos...

    Nanon
     
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    will be looking at a few genes that are responsible for Glaucoma.
     
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    Ohhh man... that bull stroking story is the funniest **** I've heard. Anyway, I've been doing research for 3 years with Crptococcus neoformans. More specifically, monoclonal antibody interactions to the capsule of C. neoformans.
     
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    Immunobehavioral of ovarian cancer patients.
    Discover an interesting population of T cells that may explain why some can't survive after their chemosurgical treatment and why some have extremely progressive tumor.
     
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    By the way, bulls have the shortest orgasm of all animals. Their pleasure lasts only a few seconds. On contrast, cockroach have the longest orgasm of all- 2 hours. I guess next life I would rather become a cockroach than a hookworm, which only live with the poops and have no orgasm at all.
     
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    I am currently working at the Spinal Cord Damage Research Center at the Veterans Affairs hospital. Are research focuses on the Renin Angiotensin system in people with tetraplegia. There system seems to be highly active more than people not suffering from tetraplegia. To make a whole story short tetraplegics suffer from postural hypotension due to the fact that the internueral pathway between the supraspinal vasomotor center, and the efferent sympathetic nervous system is severed preventing the normal compensatory reflexes to regulate BP. Our research is trying to find out what is responsible for preventing the collapse of the cardiovascular system in tetraplegics. Help me if you know??????? :confused: Well it is interesting, but right now I am into playing baseball for the Bronx league.... :D :D :D

    GO YANKS......
     
  26. Tweetie_bird

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    hi all...
    this is really good stuff....keep it comin!!

    I've personally worked with arificial reproductive techonlogies on humans before. tons of IVF, inseminations etc. The experience was great because i never realized how many people in this country are really infertile, and how elusive (right word??) this thing is..often times, we never know the problem with the couple and it's really disheartening.

    I've worked with Alzheimer's couples too; we're looking at how chronic stress due to degenerative disease actually leads to metabolic insufficiences which causes cardiovascular problems. (whew!)

    And my newest project is working on a huge grant which looks at physician stress and long term problems that again, is related to different cardiovascular risk factors.

    I love my job!!!
     
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    When I was reading stories about somebody jacking off bulls and that cockroach orgasm vs. bull orgasm, I was jsut almost falling down from my chair. Here is my $0.02
    We have a person here at eye clinic who comes in once a week to smoke pot. They are doing study of how medicinal marujuana lowers IOP.
     

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