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Fellowship Awardees ​

We started the Make UR MARC Fellowship program in 2021 in order to promote underrepresented STEM students who are interested in research. Now we are excited to announce our first candidate to receive this fellowship!

Our 2021 Fellowship Awardee is Bliss Nelsen!

I am a third-year Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Major at UCSD. Over the summer I was placed in the Miguel Lopez-Ramirez Lab; our lab’s research is centered around Cerebral Cavernous Malformations (CCMs). My role in the project was to study the molecular and cellular changes in the context of CCM. I learned many lab procedures, such as running PCRs, brain dissection (and cryostat tissue sectioning), tissue staining (Hemotoxyln & Eosin staining, Immunoflurourence, etc.), designing breeding schemes, and analyzing RNA and gene data to help develop future experiments. At the UCSD undergraduate summer conference, I presented a talk titled, “Crosstalk between endothelium and astrocytes during brain vascular malformations”. The Make UR Marc program helped me by giving me the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in the research community. Currently, I am still working in the Lopez-Ramirez lab as a lab assistant and conducting further research on CCM.