The second semestr

The second semester went by far quicker than the first one. The final exams comprised a written paper and an anatomy spot test from the nervous, endocrinology and reproductive systems. After a very difficult pre-exam period of full time cramming, I was excited to learn that I passed the exams with flying colors.

Before I could fully enjoy the summer holidays, however, I had to arrange my research project for next year´s bachelor thesis, which will be a part of my intercalation year in BSc. Physiological Science.

I will continue working with Prof Mark Cannell and will be looking at the distribution of specific t-tubule proteins in animal hearts with dilated cardiomyopathy to identify the ones responsible for the failing structures.We decided to delve into this topic as Prof Mark Cannell and his team just recently discovered that the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy are the failing t-tubules.Using immunohistochemical techniques, I will therefore try to ascertain which proteins become non-functional in these diseased hearts and which are therefore most likely responsible for the failing t-tubules.

Since this project will require a good deal of image processing and statistical evaluation, I will be  spending my summer holidays going over the 2nd year statistics, as well as Matlab programming and the different research methods in cardiovascular science. Furthermore, I also need to come up with an official research proposal by the middle of July.

 All in all, it seems like it will be very busy holidays which I am really looking forward to!

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