About 2 weeks ago I memorized my whole presentation and I was very confident in myself. Two days ago we presented to a few classes in school and all I was thinking about is presenting in front of the parents. Although I still was scared to present in front of some classes I was freaking out. When I was done presenting to some of the classes I was relieved because I was really nervous. Yesterday I presented to the parents and that was really scary for me especially because I don’t like speaking in public. After, I felt really proud of myself because I thought I would just forget everything and that would be really embarrassing! I thought I was really prepared and I actually had a great time presenting my project even though I was a little scared. I practiced everyday and always had a to – do list of what to do for homework for capstone. Overall I think I was prepared really well. If I could present to the parents again I probably would’ve changed:
1 – speak a little bit louder
2 – speak a little bit slower… But I am really proud of myself 🙂
For more information, (if you want to see my presentation) you can go to this link:
For Capstone, since I’m researching about Genetics and why I have red hair, I chose my main inquiry question to be, “Why do I have red hair?” Since Genetics is a complicated topic and answering this question is also complicated, it took me quite a while to find the right answer and understand it well. Some challenges I had coming up with my main inquiry questions were I had to think of a question that had to do with my topic but wasn’t to broad and a lot of my questions that I came up with before my final one were too broad. That was something that really stumped me.
The answer to my question, “Why do I have red hair?” is, my dad and my mom carried the gene so that means that my sister and I each had a 25% chance of getting red hair and I got lucky and got it! The Punnett Square below shows my chances of getting red hair:
The uppercase b is brown hair and the lowercase b is red hair. My dad carries the gene for red and brown hair and my mom carries the gene for red and brown hair too. Two of the boxes have the gene for brown and red hair. One of the boxes has the gene for just brown hair and the last box has the gene for just red hair. If that’s the case, then one of your offspring could have red hair. If all of the boxes have only the genes for red hair (small b’s) then there is a 100% chance your offspring will get red hair. Since only 1 box has both recessive red hair genes, then there is a 25% chance for one of your offspring getting red hair and there is a 75% chance you are getting brown hair. This is why I got red hair.
Today I had my interview at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I interviewed a professor in the department of Genetics. I had 21 questions. Some of them asking about him and getting to know him a little. Some of them on Genetics and some questions about red hair and redheads. He worked on genetics and some of the questions that were about red hair and redheads were a little too complicated for him to answer because he didn’t study red hair and redheads but I think he did a very good job answering the challenging questions I asked him.
Some of the questions and answers that I will be telling you is some that I like the most and that were very interesting to me:
Q#1 What inspired you to choose the field of genetics?
A#1 He said when he was a under graduate he did not know what to do. He didn’t know what interested him. He loved both biology and history. But then he said later on he wanted to go more deeper into biology instead of history specifically DNA. He went to a lecture by a famous immunologist who knew a lot about aging and he talked about damage to DNA that needs to be repaired. After that, he really got inspired by him and really wanted to study DNA and aging.
Q#2 What are some things you study in your lab?
A#2 He said in his lab he’s studying aging. In other words, getting older. He is also studying why when getting older you get sick and get diseases.
Q#3 What are some discoveries that were found in your work?
A#3 He said some discoveries that he found in his work was DNA changes during aging. He also found out that when cells can no longer provide enough protein for your body, that’s when diseases happen and form.
I found this interview really interesting and I learned a lot that I didn’t know before. It was also a great opportunity to see what it’s like to be a professor and a researcher in the department of Genetics!