MREC Welcomes Two Student Interns

MREC is happy to welcome two new interns to the Center this fall. Rossie Jimenez and Keisha Cadet, both Valencia College students, will be joining Dr. Alfred Huo’s research lab. Take a minute to learn more about our interns below:

Student Rossie Jimenez works in the laboratory.

Name: Rossie Jimenez

Major: Biotechnology

What do you hope to do after graduation? I hope that I can start working with medicinal plants and investigate how plants can be used to heal people.

Why science? I always liked science, the whole concept of it is very interesting. Learning the diversity and functions of different life forms has always been an interest of mine.

Why did you want to intern at MREC? At MREC I can see myself learning a lot about medicinal plants. In the future, I want to be able to help people feel better and feel healthy. What better way to do that than with plants!

What is your favorite project you have done so far in the laboratory? At Valencia College during my Biotechonology course, the class was assigned to do a Transfection project, where you take genetic material (like DNA) from a bacteria and insert it to a mammalian cell. This project was great because it challenged me in many ways, I had to use a lot of critical thinking and I also had to be confident about my laboratory skills. This helped me become a better student.

Student Keisha Cadet works in the laboratory.

Name: Keisha Cadet

Major: Biotechnology

What do you hope to do after graduation? In the future I would love to work with medicinal plants. There’s just something about natural medicine that I find fascinating. I hope to learn and experience more about plants and their healing properties with human illnesses.

Why science? I have always loved science in every shape and form. It’s something that has always come naturally to me so it was a no brainier when it came to choosing what I wanted to go into. The interactive side of science has always been fun for me since I was young, even though it has evolved into things like growing bacteria or tissue culture, the passion to explore more has always been there. Science also challenges you to find the answers to things that haven’t  been thought of or answered yet. Science draws you to find a deeper meaning in things and unlock doors that weren’t able to be opened before.

Why did you want to intern at MREC? I see it as a opportunity to learn and experience new things as well as get the training needed to go into any future career.

What is your favorite project you have done so far in the laboratory? My favorite project so far had been doing tissue culture.

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