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.