Victor Bakai did a stem cell research internship this summer in the laboratory of Thomas Weimbs at UC Santa Barbara.
|Victor Bakai preparing a membrane for autoradiography. He submitted this photo to our #CIRMStemCellLab Instagram feed.|
My research has taught me a decent amount on stem cell curriculum and I have been truly enlightened by the new substance I have learned. I now realize the importance of an increased amount of effort and funds that must be generated to support the drive for stem cell research. Besides improving my knowledge on this research I also had quite an enjoyable six week experience where I was able to become quite accustomed to the laboratory I was studying in. To compare the stem cell field to another project done by an RMP scholar I chose to relate it to EulerBernoulli’s Beam Theory and piezoelectric beams. Obviously there is a great difference between stem cell research and EulerBernoulli Beam Theory, as they correspond to medicine and engineering respectively but through observations a few comparisons became apparent. Obviously one difference is that knowledge of stem cells will be used to introduce new forms of treatments to various diseases while this beam theory can only be applied to mechanical engineering truly. Nonetheless I observed that the main similarity between the two was/will be there impact on society. It is quite blatant that once humanity becomes more advanced with stem cell knowledge many new treatments will arise and therefore ultimately change the world. I believe EulerBernoulli Beam Theory had a similar influence upon the world as it provided a means of calculating the loadcarrying and deflection characteristics of beams. Although this may seem irrelevant one must investigate what this knowledge has led to. Eventually the Eiffel Tower in Paris applied these principles that were constructed and proved the legitimacy of this theory. Since then it has become a vital tool for scientists dealing with structural or mechanical engineering.