Ling Jin

Ling Jin

VISRA Intern, Chen Lab


Hi everyone! I’m Ling from China. I’ve just finished my third year of a bachelor degree in Nanjing University (NJU), majoring in Biological Science.

I’ve been participating in research projects since my second year of university. However, instead of fully involving in one projects, I was more like a part-time trainee, got trained in lab technics, but seldom knew how the whole project works. And that was one of the reasons why I applied for VISRA, to get fully involved in one specific project, following from its idea generation to experimental design, then running the experiments and analyzing the results, to see what exactly a scientific research is and to find out if it really suits me. Another reason for why I planned to be here was that I wanted to have a chance living and working in an English-speaking environment, to experience the cultural differences and also to see how labs work in a foreign country. I felt quite nervous and stressed out when applying for VISRA, knowing I’m not the most intelligent students that always have marvelous ideas about what they’re working on, either the most passionate ones who know for sure that science is the thing that they will devote themselves to. But to my big surprise, I got the offer!

Here, I’m working in Dr. Jin Chen’s lab. The main purpose for my project is to build a mouse model for small cell lung cancer (SCLC), especially for the genes SLIT2 and ROBO1. What’s more, we try to involve CRISPR/Cas9 system into the gene editing part. I’m so glad to be trained under Dr. Song’s direction, who’s a silent person with great minds.

Nashville is quite a peaceful city and Vanderbilt campus is really beautiful. The activities VISRA arranged for us so far were amazing, especially the dinner in Puckett’s! And I can’t wait for the following events. :)