The past two weeks of my internship have been quite exciting. I began by doing a bit of reading on Transwell plates, liposomes, and epilepsy. In short, the documents I looked over were meant to update me on recent progress in the Cressman lab. I also found out that my Professor is working with a post-bac student who is trying to penetrate the blood-brain barrier in the context of fighting seizures. Together, we’ve been working with the polysaccharide agarose to create osmotic pressure differences in Transwell plates. The purpose of this work is not only to prepare for more complex experimentation with ultrasound but also to determine whether BBB endothelial cell dehydration is possible.
Unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to be back in the lab. As a result of COVID-19, the university campus has shut down. Since the next step of my research was to experiment with polyethylene glycol (PEG), my ability to make progress at the moment is limited. Still, I’m coordinating with my lab partner to determine whether I can do some experimentation at home. Hopefully, the virus will pass soon enough. Stay safe, everyone.