While working in the Arrieta lab, Joseph was a Senior at St. Francis high school. His interests in microbiology and immunology led him to volunteer at the Arrieta Lab to obtain a greater understanding of the fields. He has now moved to Ireland, joining the Medicine program at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
"My time at the Arrieta Lab was a remarkable experience in which I had the chance to improve my knowledge upon a wide array of skills including microbiology and immunology techniques, as well as experimental design. Starting in the lab as a high school student, I had limited research experience but I never felt as though that hindered me because of the level of training I received. The lab atmosphere was welcoming, which helped contribute to a productive working environment. The experience I gained during my time in the Arrieta Lab was invaluable, and I am appreciative that I had the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of people!"
Dr. Miriam Enriqueta Nieves Ramirez, Ph.D
Miriam is a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). She is visiting Dr. Arrieta's lab to continue her work on various projects including her study of the interaction between bacteria and eukaryotes (16S and 18S) and the development of cervical cancer. She did her Ph.D. on the polymorphisms of HLA genes and their role as biomarkers of cervical cancer. She also worked on the protein Entamoeba hystolitica calreticulin (EhCRT) and its influence on the amoebic liver abscess (ALA) and the complement pathway. She is working now on an ex-vivo model of the human liver infection by Entamoeba hystolitica looking at the genes of the pathology and cytokines' production as the immune response in the hepatocyte to understand better the development of the ALA. She is also working on the infection by the protozoan Blastocystis sp. and its influence on the human gut microbiome. Blastocystis sp. is one of the most common human gut colonizer.
"It was an honour for me to share a short research stay in the laboratory of Dr. Marie Claire Arrieta. With her research group, in addition to facilitating my experiments and orienting me at all times, their own experiences were very pleasant to listen to in the time we shared together. You immediately feel a very warm and jovial atmosphere in the laboratory, they make you feel like part of the group. I can only recommend that if you have the opportunity to visit Dr. Arrieta's laboratory, in addition to learning a lot, you will feel as if you were in your own laboratory. Thank you very much to each and every one of its members."
Shen Yen Tsou
Shen Yen is an undergraduate student of Biomedical Science in the BHSc program at the University of Calgary. She completed her honors thesis in the Arrieta lab as a result of her rekindled interest in microbiology and longtime curiosity with atopic disease.
"While I was a part of the Arrieta Lab I truly felt like I was on the frontier of research in the microbiome and asthma. The cooperation between lab members allowed me to get experience in multiple different kinds of projects, and I gained lots of experience in lab techniques in immunology and microbiology. Training was thorough and there was always someone willing to answer my questions. Everyone in lab was respectful and appreciative of each other. The cohesive group really made me feel like a part of a team. I know I will be taking everything I've learned with me into my future studies."
While finishing her second year of her Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree at Western University, Haley did a summer internship in the lab. Her interests are pathology, immunology, and physiology.
"In the Arrieta lab, I gained experience with microbiology and immunology lab techniques, working with animals, and data analysis. My summer project studied the effect of an intestinal fungal overgrowth on asthma pathogenesis and fungal growth regulation by short-chain fatty acids. I’m confident that the hands-on experience I gained in the lab will strengthen my future academic work as I go into my 3rd year of a Bachelor’s in Pathology. I am very grateful to have been a part of the Arrieta team and I will miss everyone very much!"