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Week 8: Data Collection and Focus Group Discussions by a Waterfall

Week 8 consisted of visiting various health facilities to collect data for the other projects on HIV patient retention among adolescents and pregnant mothers. For one of the projects, I helped Liz go through health records to identify adolescent patients who were enrolled in care for HIV in 2014. We followed their care for 3 …

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Week 8: LaKia

This week we went to Brickyard where a lot of foreigners go to hang out. It was nice because I felt less like an outcast. I was invited to Brickyard by a guy I met on campus named Aspiro who is getting his Master’s degree. He had invited his other friends, as well, so we …

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Week 7: LaKia

This week in lab we have begun testing the cross-inhibition of the unknown chemical compounds we received from another lab with the Bacillus bacteria that we have. At the end of the week we saw some promising results. One of the bacteria showed a zone of inhibition and the CDCA chemical compound also showed a …

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Week 6: LaKia

I moved into my new dorm and I have two new roommates. Liza is a medical student from Russia who will be entering her last year of medical school this upcoming semester. Swetha is a biochemistry PhD student from India, who just began her PhD program this past year. They are both very nice… This …

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LaKia: Week 5

This week in lab we tested the cross-inhibition of bacteria on pre-prepared disk on five types of bacteria (Sty, SA, SE, KP, and E. Coli). We also did a small side project of putting pre-prepared disk on bacteria plates to see if there would be any inhibition of growth. We also went back to Cijin …

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LaKia: Week 4

This week I have begun my research project working with Bacillus bacteria and its ability to cross-inhibit other types of bacteria as well as unknown chemical compounds. To start off we’ve been making different types of media for the bacteria to grow on and we see which media allows which types of bacterial growth. I …

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Steve – Week 9

With a government warning of a typhoon ahead, I was worried my trip to taipei would be spoiled. Thankfully, the remnants of the typhoon landed on southern Taiwan After I had left Friday. People here take weather warnings much more seriously compared to hurricane warnings in the southern U.S. Jin warned us to stock up …

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Steve – Week 7

The results of our research are continuing along. we have moved onto testing the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of our unknown bacillus species, F29-3, and CDCA, our unknown chemical compound from a fellow KMU researcher. We test MIC through creating differing concentrations of F29-3 and CDCA, and applying them on multiple discs onto a plate …

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