Undergraduate Research Program

Ari Asarch

Major: Neuroscience, Philosophy
Mentor(s): Paul Phillips, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Department of Pharmacology

Contact: aasarch@uw.edu

Current research project: Characterization of Viral Mutagenesis in Transgenic Rodents

Ari is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. After learning about the robust research atmosphere at the University of Washington, I joined the Phillips Lab to help investigate the long term effects of various drug addictions. I previously worked on the long term effects of opioid and adolescent alcohol use, but am now researching the long term effects of cocaine use.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Investigating the Long-term effects of drug addiction and the reversibility of those changes.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I became involved with research during my Sophomore year after using the URP’s database and finding a lab that fit my interests. Additionally, I initially applied to labs to fill the requirements of some medical schools, but instead fell for the community, process, and topics associated with my research once part of the process.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Explore! Do not just apply to the first lab you see – try to find something that matches your interests over somewhere that just wants another set of hands.