My name is Carolina Piletti Chatain and I am from Brazil. I study Biomedicine at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and since my second semester in college I have been engaged in research projects in the field of neuroscience. I am currently working in Dr. Bruce Carter’s lab, at Vanderbilt Biochemistry Department. My project is focused on examining the role of protein Arf6 in the regulation of surface expression of neurotrophin receptors, which are deeply involved in the development of the nervous system. My experience in the lab has been extremely positive so far, everyone is very supportive and gives me the autonomy to carry out my experiments independently.
I believe that this program is a perfect opportunity to learn new techniques, improve laboratory skills and find out how science can be made in different countries. Besides the academic experience, VISRA also gives you the chance to get to know other cultures and meet different people. It makes you to question your own habits and opinions as well as acquire a more diversified perspective of the world, which are very important aspects not only for personal development, but also essential for anyone who intends to become a scientist. I strongly recommend the VISRA program to those who are interest in doing research, traveling and having a lot of fun.