Mentor / Lab:
The medical field fascinated me as an undergraduate student and led me to biology. Once introduced to molecular biology, I knew science was my true calling. Science has always been a part of my academic interests, and influential guidance from my undergraduate advisor led me to PULSe. Throughout my first year in PULSe, I experienced how quickly cancer can take a loved one from family and friends. The experience of losing a loved one to cancer, along with my academic interests, has fortified my interest in cancer research.
PULSe has done a fantastic job of supporting their students in any way possible. Thus far, my experience in PULSe has solidified my decision to become a Boilermaker. The program does a great job of making students feel at home. The senior students have played a critical role in helping newcomers become part of the PULSe family. Interdisciplinary research gives me the ability to cross the barriers between chemistry and biology in order to apply each in its proper context. The lab selection process can be a daunting ordeal for many but was not in my case. The Parker lab instantly welcomed me during my research experience. Experiencing the loss of a loved one to cancer has focused my research interests. The concept of dedicating my life to cancer research and aiding the medical field in combating cancer will fuel my perseverance. At this stage in my graduate studies, Dr. Parker and the graduate students in her lab have been extremely valuable to my transition. From my experience, I would recommend incoming students ask their questions of current and senior graduate students. Current graduate students have given me insightful information about lab settings, classes, living quarters, and many other little things. The graduate student body has slowly become my family away from family.
Ultimately, my desire for involvement in the medical field might take me in many directions. PULSe offers opportunities that could potentially lead me to private industry or academia but, at this point, I have not ruled out any possibilities. Therefore, I will let my graduate experiences in interdisciplinary research place me in a position that will help me make a difference in cancer research.
- 2013 Special Recognition for First-Year Poster Award, Purdue University
- Gui J, Liu B, Cao G, Lipchik AM, Perez M, Dekan Z, Mobli M, Daly NL, Alewood PF, Parker LL, King GF, Zhou Y, Jordt SE, Nitabach MN. A tarantula-venom peptide antagonizes the TRPA1 nociceptor ion channel by binding to the S1-S4 gating domain. Curr Biol. 2014 Mar 3;24(5):473-83. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.01.013. Epub 2014 Feb 13.
- Perez, M, Lipchik, AM, Parker LL. “Pursuit of Substrate Specificity.” Purdue University Life Science’s (PULSe) Spring Reception; 2013 Apr 1; West Lafayette, IN.
- Perez, M, Lipchik, AM, Parker, LL. US HUPO Conference, San Francisco, “Exploring Selectivity of Syk vs. Zap-70 Kinases.“ March 5. Poster.