My Journey in Biomedical Research - Part 1

in #stemsocial2 years ago (edited)

East Tennessee State University

pexels-martin-lopez-954583.jpg Pexels - photo source

I attended ETSU for my undergraduate degree beginning in 1991. I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Plant Sciences and a minor in Fine Art. When I first began my college career, I was a Nursing major. I wanted to be a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are master’s and doctorate prepared advanced practice nurses who enjoy a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in every practice setting, and for every type of surgery or procedure. They are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly all rural hospitals, and the main provider of anesthesia to the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. - American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Life happened and I took time off from college for a couple of years. I used to take an art class every semester for stress management. I often took physical education courses as well to stay fit. When I returned to ETSU, I attended part-time until my last year. I took as many classes as I could each semester, including summer classes. I graduated in May of 1999 and got my first laboratory job in June 1999 at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine.

ETSU-QCOM Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I worked in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for about a year. My salary has always been grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when I've worked in the laboratory at colleges and universities. This position was funded by a grant to characterize the genome of a human parasitic protozoan. I helped sequence part of the genome of Trichomonas vaginalis in an effort to improve treatment with the drug Metronidazole

Trichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protist that causes trichomoniasis, a common but overlooked sexually transmitted human infection, with ~170 million cases occurring annually worldwide. The extracellular parasite resides in the urogenital tract of both sexes and can cause vaginitis in women and urethritis and prostatitis in men. - Draft Genome Sequence of the Sexually Transmitted Pathogen Trichomonas vaginalis

In the short time I was there, I perfected the technique for amplifying DNA known as Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). I gained a lot of experience with Southern blot analysis and DNA sequencing as well. We never published any data, but it was my first involvement in a research laboratory and I was hooked. I wanted to learn more.

My next adventure took me to the University of Virginia. More on that soon...


  1. East Tennessee State University

  2. American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

  3. Metronidazole

  4. Draft Genome Sequence of the Sexually Transmitted Pathogen Trichomonas vaginalis

  5. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)


I don't like the way this looks. I bet it's an asshole above and beyond a parasite. Probably makes something itch for no good reason, too. Microscopic bastard.

Thanks for the contribution to humanity! Have a !BEER and some !PIZZA. It goes sooo good with !LUV, I highly recommend giving it a shot. :D

@sinistry(1/4) gave you LUV. H-E tools | connect | <><

Given the current emission rate of LUV pushing 500/day, increases to required LUV levels will likely be forthcoming.

I guess it is time to say "nice to meet you" after this introduction (even if we virtually met already earlier). I am looking forward to read the rest of your adventures ^^

Nice to meet you again as well 😊 I have questions... How do I delegate to the @stemsocial account? and how do I include @stemsocial as a beneficiary of the rewards of this or any post to get a stronger support? Thank you!!

I noticed that you use as a front-end to the chain Then in this case you should visit your wallet to control your delegations. There is indeed a button delegate that allows you to delegate Hiver Power to any other account (it is sufficient to enter @stemsocial in there to enable it). I however do not recommend to do this in your case, as you don't have that much HP (yet). A too low reserve may challenge your experience on chain. It is better to grow your account a bit first, and then delegate according to your wishes.

On the other hand, setting stemsocial as a beneficiary is safer to do, and easy to do too. When you write a post, there is a button advanced. Just click on it and fill the form and you will be all set.

Feel free to come back to me if you would need further clarifications.


I think I just discovered Poison Ivy secret identification... very nice post !1UP


You have received a 1UP from @dynamicrypto!

The following @oneup-cartel family members will soon upvote your post:
And they will bring !PIZZA 🍕

Learn more about our delegation service to earn daily rewards. Join the family on Discord.

Thanks for your contribution to the STEMsocial community. Feel free to join us on discord to get to know the rest of us!

Please consider delegating to the @stemsocial account (85% of the curation rewards are returned).

You may also include @stemsocial as a beneficiary of the rewards of this post to get a stronger support. 


PIZZA Holders sent $PIZZA tips in this post's comments:
@sinistry(1/15) tipped @melyxaluna (x1)

Join us in Discord!