CIRP REU Training Testimonial - Brittany Amadi

CHOP Mentor(s):

Akiva S. Cohen, PhD; Rebecca Somach, PhD Candidate
While working in Dr. Cohen's traumatic brain injury (TBI) lab, I was exposed to a plethora of new ideas, machinery, and techniques to which I had no prior knowledge before my REU experience. It has been an amazing 10 weeks.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019)

"During the summer of 2019, I had the pleasure of working at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) as a part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program under the mentorship of Dr. Akiva S. Cohen and Rebecca Somach. While working in Dr. Cohen’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) lab, I was exposed to a plethora of new ideas, machinery and techniques that I had no prior knowledge on before my experience. As part of my overall project, I learned and performed an array of laboratory tasks such as whole animal perfusion fixation on mice using Paraformaldehyde, mouse brain dissections, vibratome use to cut mouse brain slices, making artificial cerebrospinal fluid, tissue mounting and staining and cell counting and imaging using a confocal microscope.

Aside from my project, I was blessed with the opportunity to shadow doctors at CHOP’s main hospital and got to observe a number of surgical procedures such as cesarean sections (or C-sections), fetoscopic laser surgery, hernia repairs, and many more. I was also able to shadow researchers working in different labs and observed what goes into each project. These projects included: The CHOP-invented Biobag (artificial womb) tested in fetal lambs and T-maze alternation in mice. To say it has been an amazing 10 weeks would be an understatement, and I am very thankful to everyone at CHOP and CIRP for this experience."