Student Spotlight by Global Ambassador Isaiah Mensah: Research amid a global pandemic

Isaiah Mensah working in a lab

As Purdue Boilermakers, we tackle challenges with strength, perseverance, and brute force. It is with this spirit that we have been able to successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some graduate students can conduct research remotely, others like myself need to be physically present in the lab to carry out experiments. My research involves using mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) as a model system to study biochemical processes that impact embryonic development and health. These cells, like newborn babies, require timely nutrient replenishment and care. The growth of ESCs coupled with biochemical techniques makes it virtually impossible to work remotely.

Below are some challenges I encountered and my adaptations to ensure that my research can still progress.

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March 18, 2021

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