Hector Medrano

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My name is Hector Medrano, and I am an Intern for 2017 California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Summer Program to Accelerate Regenerative Knowledge at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This summer, I will be working under the guidance of Dr. Vaithi Arumugaswami, Director of the Liver Program in the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. In his laboratory, Dr. Arumugaswami’s research delves into the regeneration of liver and bile duct cells using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSc) and Pluripotent Stem Cells (PSc), as well as the different effects Zika Virus has on specific organs, viewing different modes of infection.

This being my first week in the laboratory, however, my experiences were not as tactile as expected. Who knew one had to learn to perform the techniques and protocols needed for one’s experiments and conduct research on the research one is going to conduct, before conducting their research? Nonetheless, whether observing a post-doctoral research fellow change a cell culture’s medium, or undergo a flow cytometry analysis, every second spent in the lab seized to amaze me. What was most exciting was observing the iPSc and PSc’s under the microscope, where one was able to see the intricate morphology of each cell line. Aside from observing such, the remainder of my time in the laboratory was spent reviewing articles and past experiments conducted on pluripotent stem cells, and overwhelming my post-doctoral mentors with numerous questions.

Better-acquainting myself with the methodology of a “wet-laboratory,” I am very excited/eager to witness what the remainder of the summer has in store. I would like to thank the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine for offering such astounding programs, allowing high school students as myself to obtain hands-on experiences working in state-of-the-art laboratories. I would also like to thank Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for hosting the program and providing us all with wonderful mentors, as Dr. Vaithi

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