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Blog post by Jihye Yoon

When I received an email about research classes offered this fall quarter, I was afraid to register for this class because I did not have any lab experience. However, I figured that it might be beneficial for people who wanted the hands-on experience like me, especially the ones who wanted to learn more about research. his class did not require any previous experience in order to join, which made it less intimidating.  I hoped that if I attended this class, I would meet people who have similar interests and maybe even the same major with me; I was really excited to form new connections in my research group.  Through taking this class, I learned a lot of techniques, such as how to do PCR.  The series of experiments was challenging at first, but as I kept doing them, the experience became more fun.  However, we ran into some problems with PCR.  We failed during PCR, mainly because we had problems with the master mix. We had to do multiple trials to find a master mix that worked well for our samples.  This experience has helped me become more involved with research programs.  The research program helped me develop collaboration skills with others and determine an area of interest.  This class not only allowed me to explore the topic of the microbiome but also allowed me to determine and influence my career path as a possible future researcher.  During class, I get curious about what this step can do and am excited to see the results.  Especially from “PCR Saga of Pain” during open lab, I was thrilled to see the results of the lab because a small drop interfered with the results of the experiment beforehand.

David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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