Undergraduate Research Program

Jackson Wezeman

Jackson Wezeman looking away from cameraMajor: Biochemistry (BS)
Minor: Global Health
Mentor: Kavita Sharma, Comparative Medicine

Contact: wezemj@uw.edu

Current research project: SLAM






Jackson is currently a junior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Global Health at the University of Washington. He is currently working in the Ladiges Lab. The lab focuses on aging in mice and how various treatments can reduce the effects of aging. Jackson runs various tests on the mice and collects data for analysis. When he is not working in the lab he is playing pool with his friends or listening to music.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
I look at the affect various drugs have on aging in mouse models in conjunction with diet through various physical tests and through tissue analysis.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I got involved through a friend of a friend. During my freshman year I was looking for a lab to work in to gain experience and a general sense of what research was like. A friend of mine knew someone in the lab and contacted them. The lab happened to be able to take aboard another undergraduate student and so I was given the opportunity to be a research assistant.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
You are never “ready” for research in terms of your academic prowess. There is so much to learn that a textbook won’t be able to teach you. If you are interested and willing to learn there are faculty members who are looking for students with a passion for the field and a hard work ethic. Go for it.