Mikaela Esquivel did a stem cell research internship this summer in the laboratory of Peter Lorenz at Stanford University.
|Mikaela Esquivel submitted this photo to our #CIRMStemCellLab Instagram feed.|
Before I started the program, I had been considering doing medical research because I thought it would be the best way to impact the most people. With one week left in my internship, I now know what actually doing research entails, and I am certain that I want to pursue it as a career. During my time in Dr. Lorenz’s lab at Stanford, my project focused on trying to determine the best method for delivering adipose-derived stem cells that would achieve the best wound healing. But I also had the opportunity to collaborate in other projects my mentor, Dr. Michael Hu, was working on. This worked out really well for me as I was able to learn more techniques than if I had simply worked only on my specific project. It exposed me and was able to learn a breadth of different protocols including cell culture and animal work. As the weeks passed and I spent more time in lab, I became more confident and independent and got to really enjoy my work and the people I worked with. These past weeks have been great... they have given me a closer look at what my life as a medical researcher would be like. Overall, my experience this summer has been amazing and has really helped me decide that I want to have a future is medical research, especially in the field of stem cells. I find this an intriguing area with so much that is still unknown and can’t wait to help demystify it.
Mikaela submitted these videos about her experience: