A Research Study On My Classes, I Was Fascinated By The Challenges And Problem Solving Process Of Research

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Reading journal articles for my classes, I was fascinated by the challenges and problem-solving process of research in general. Since Cooper Union has limited resources for research as a small engineering college, I was delighted to learn of this opportunity. With such passion in research, I was able to have an independent study course in school with one of the biological engineering professors and researched the DNA synthesis process. As a member of an International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition team, I researched ways to improve de novo DNA synthesis system. Using an enzyme called terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT), we were able to synthesize a DNA strand without using harmful chemical reagents and template strands. We also managed to genetically modify bacteria to produce TdT enzymes in order to make the system more economical. Through the process, I was able to indulge myself in the scientific research process from beginning to end. From proposing problems and potential areas of research to setting up protocols and troubleshooting experiments, iGEM was a completely different lab experience, compared to class projects and internships I had experienced. Brainstorming areas of research and projects, my teammates and I met weekly to discuss various papers and to look for new ways to solve existing problems. Deciding what we are going to focus on, we planned for everything by ourselves, from setting specific experimental procedures and protocols…

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