A Research Experience At University Of California, Los Angeles ( Ucla )

1453 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
1. Describe your prior research experience, including duration, level of independence, and methods employed. How has your research experience prepared you for graduate studies in biomedical engineering?

(maximum 50 lines, 12 pt font) “It always seems impossible until it’s done”, a quote written on top of my table in lab, is one of the elements that drive my commitment to my goals. This has always inspired me to work towards achieving the goals I set and define the research experiences I had at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Having specialized in biochemistry, I grew and developed a unique zeal and anxiety to deeply understand the nature of protein and its molecular composition. My interest in biochemistry lead me to join Dr. Gal Bitan laboratory at UCLA to conduct biochemical assays on neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS are among the leading causes of deaths in the world, affecting millions of people across the country and globe. Nonetheless, the molecular mechanisms causing the disease is poorly understood. Having interest to incorporate my biochemical knowledge into practical research, I aimed to examine therapeutics for incurable diseases. During past three years, I have had the chance to study in vivo effects of “Molecular Tweezers” (MTs) as novel therapeutic agents on neurodegenerative diseases. MTs are synthetic small molecules that bind to lysine residues on…

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