Hometown: Los Gatos, California
Project title: “Long Non-Coding RNA Regulation of Opioid-Dependent Inhibition of CD4+ Human T Cell Activation.”
Mentor: Alan Levine, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the School of Medicine
Elevator Speech: Opioids, widely used for pain management, also increase susceptibility to infection and other health problems. We want to better understand the specific mechanisms by which opioids inhibit function of CD4+ cells, which play a critical role in the immune system response, and identify (ribonucleic acid) sequences that may mediate this inhibition.
Reflection: "Spending the summer on campus was an overall very positive experience. I enjoyed attending the weekly SOURCE seminars and seeing the wide variety of projects other students were working on across campus. I would definitely recommend to any students who are interested in research to find a summer research experience because you are able to learn and practice much more than during the school year."