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Lin Ao

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Lin is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Biochemistry. She started working in Dr. Toborek's lab at the University of Kentucky in May 2010 as a summer research student. She was paired with Dr. Jeong June Choi, an experienced post-doctoral researcher, to learn and assist him on his project of studying the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) on the blood brain barrier. Lin investigated the TLR4-mediated mechanistic pathway involved in the production of cytokines after the treatment of PCB and LPS.

Being a part of the summer research program was an extremely rewarding experience for Lin. She learned many fundamental and universal lab techniques such as cell culturing, cell harvesting and preservation, western blotting, siRNA transfection, and various spectroscopic detection techniques. She was also able to apply knowledge she had obtained in the classroom to experiments and data analysis. Working in a lab of experienced researchers gave Lin a greater insight into the conditions and expectations of the research field.

Lin had previous research experience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, where she studied p-glycoprotein related drug resistance. She hopes to attend to graduate school in pharmacology post-college, and wishes to pursue a career in research in the future.


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