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Brian Temsamrit Psy'17 Gained Hands-On Experience and a Career as a Researcher at USciences
Although he wasn’t sure exactly what path he would pursue upon graduation from USciences, Brian Temsamrit Psy’17 found a passion for research and the confidence to pursue a career in science.
“I found something that I love to do. I don’t think of it as work,” said Temsamrit, who earned a minor in neuroscience in addition to his psychology major. Temsamrit transitioned a student researcher position to a job as a research technician.
After hearing lecture by Margaret Pearce, PhD, Temsamrit was so enthusiastic about the professor’s work, he promptly inquired about working in her neuroscience lab. Using fruit flies, Dr. Pearce’s research examines neurodegenerative diseases at a cellular level with the goal of finding avenues for the creation of novel therapies, specifically Huntington’s Disease.
Huntington’s Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. While medications may help to manage the symptoms, current treatments can't prevent the physical, mental, and behavioral decline that patients experience.
As an undergraduate researcher, Temsamrit learned not to underestimate the difficulties of working with flies. He also gained valuable problem-solving skills and shaped a good work ethic. Following graduation, Temsamrit was hired to continue his research and help to run the lab’s day-to-day operations.
Currently, Temsamrit is evaluating the impact of Huntington’s Disease in the heart, since the degeneration of cardiovascular systems are frequently seen in patients.
“The research opportunities available to undergraduates at USciences helped me to get the experience I wanted in the lab,” said Temsamrit, who hopes to pursue a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and then continue onto translational research focusing on neurodegeneration.
It was through the support of faculty and advisors that Temsamrit gained the confidence to see research as his career path.
“I was lucky enough to have a group of wonderful mentors and advisors, including Dr. Pearce, Dr. Amy Janke, Dr. Grace Farber and Dr. Stephen Moelter, that not only helped me mold myself, but also gave me the freedom to explore what I wanted to do,” said Temsamrit. “It is amazing to have a group of people constantly cheering you on when you feel like giving up.”
Temsamrit’s advice for students? Make the most of every opportunity.
“USciences is in a great location with access to public transportation. Being able to take some time off campus to relax with friends or eat some good food, these things are essential to academic success,” he said. “College is about new experiences, not only socially, but academically. Don’t limit yourself and be open to new ideas or concepts. Take advantage of what this new chapter has to offer you and embrace personal growth.”
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