Name: Clarissa Borges
Mentor: Sean Davies
Hi! I am Clarissa Borges from Brazil. I am a Biomedicine student at UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and I am completing my bachelor degree at the end of this year.
I was a Vanderbilt student for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters, and as I found out about the VISRA program I knew this would be a great opportunity for me, as Vanderbilt is a great university and is well known by the research area.
I am working in the lab of Dr. Davies and the experience is being great for me. The lab works mainly with atherosclerosis and their mission is to understand the role of lipid mediators (particularly the ones generated in response to oxidative stress) in human pathophysiology and develop novel interventions to improve human health. I am currently working with the creation of bacteria cells that secret an ApoAI mimetic peptide (ApoAI is the main peptide from HDL) with the aim of decrease atherosclerosis and generation of oxidized lipids. I am also working with binding assays to determine the affinity of the ApoAI mimetic peptide to different phospholipids.
I am sure that this opportunity will increase my knowledge in the research area and will help me to be a better scientist. I am creating a great independence and logical and critical reasoning that surely will be important for my future.
VISRA is a great program to develop science and to connect with people. Besides that the resources to do research are incredible and the available technology is awesome too. I recommend that anyone interested in research science apply for this program.