Undergraduate Research Program

Shreya Patel

Major: Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Mentor: Dr. Manda Patel PhD (True Binding, Inc.)

Contact: spatel97@uw.edu

Current research project: Anti-galectin3 Antibodies and Cardio-Renal Fibrosis

 

Shreya Patel is a graduating senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in Global Health. Having worked both at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and at a start-up biotechnology research company, she has experience in both academia and industry research projects. She has developed her wet lab skills through her work on three different projects and looks forward to being able to share some of her knowledge with you!

 

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
I work on screening targeted antibodies to inhibit complexes relevant in insulin-resistance T2 Diabetes. Insulin-resistance diabetes is difficult because the solution is often to prescribe more insulin which is both expensive and also leads to increased resistance over time-it is not a sustainable solution. This work is important because if the antibody works to rescue insulin function, this therapeutic could be used either in conjunction with other solutions or stand-alone to combat insulin-resistance in Type 2 Diabetes.

 

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
After joining my first research lab freshman year, I realized that undergraduate research is a great hands-on learning experience that I wanted to pursue further. I continued on to do a research internship two consecutive summers, working full-time on 2 different projects. I initially got involved because I thought research would be a great addition to my resume, but I stayed because I saw the massive benefits of taking my classroom knowledge and applying it to real-life problems.

 

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Joining undergraduate research is a partnership you are creating with your PI. Be sure to not only make sure that you have the capacity to help our your PI and the project to the best of your ability, but also communicate frequently with your PI. They want you to learn as much as possible and support your goals but they cannot do that if you do not communicate what you hope to gain from this research experience.