Hi everyone, welcome to my first blog post!
My name is Kamil, and I’m a BASIS senior interested in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. Throughout my senior project, I will be working with Professor John R. Cressman at George Mason University’s Krasnow Institute. I intend to continue the research I conducted last summer, which focused on increasing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier using focused ultrasound (FUS). By expanding the endothelial junctions of the blood-brain barrier, I hope to make drug transport between blood vessels and brain tissue more efficient. Ultimately, this could revolutionize how we treat not only Alzheimer’s disease but also other brain illnesses.
My interest in studying neuroscience stems largely from the questions I have about the brain. As the most complex organ in our body, the brain controls our everyday behavior. Still, scientists know little about it. Where does consciousness come from? How does the central nervous system perform computations? Why do certain neurological diseases develop? These are some questions that often stimulate my curiosity about the brain. By researching the human nervous system, I hope to move one step closer to finding answers to them.
Although I haven’t gotten any specific instructions from my professor yet, I presume that my first couple of weeks in the lab will revolve around familiarizing myself with background research. Once I review a bit of literature, I’ll be able to start formulating new procedures and hypotheses. Experimentation will most likely be conducted towards the end of my internship. Still, since I haven’t received any direct assignments yet, all of this could change.
I’m excited to keep you updated on my progress. See you on the next blog!