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Study shows new evidence of age-related decline in the brain's master circadian clock
Date:7/19/2011

Tamara Cutler, a UCLA senior majoring in neuroscience and physiological science, co-authored the new SCN research. So what is it like for an undergraduate to conduct research with distinguished scientists, including the university's chancellor?

"Working in the laboratory of Professor Colwell and Chancellor Block has been rewarding, demanding and priceless," Cutler said. "I joined the lab with the usual book knowledge of a life sciences student, a nearly boundless enthusiasm for research and a love for solving puzzles of every kind. Professor Colwell, Chancellor Block, the postdocs (Dawn Loh and Takshi Kudo) and the graduate students all invested time in my training and provided me with many fantastic opportunities to develop a strong set of skills.

"Since joining the lab, I have learned numerous techniques and been allowed to perform my own experiments from start to finish while working on my honors thesis. I have been treated as a valuable member of the lab and have been encouraged to make intellectual contributions to our research, which I am certain has greatly accelerated my growth as a scientist. Being granted a co-authorship on this manuscript as an undergraduate is very meaningful to me because it is not handed out lightly here.

"Dr. Colwell and Chancellor Block are really extraordinary scientists and renowned figures in the circadian research community, and it has been my great privilege to learn from them. I know my time here in the ColwellBlock lab has transformed me from someone who merely learns science into someone who can actually do science. I still have years of training ahead, but the journey thus far has been priceless."


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Contact: Stuart Wolpert
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310-206-0511
University of California - Los Angeles
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