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Summer studentship: Zenia Gandhi

I had the privilege of interning with the British Association for Lung Research (BALR), where I delved into the world of lung health and scientific exploration. Over six weeks, I immersed myself in the lab, focusing on my project titled "Investigating the Effects of Caffeine as a Treatment for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia." During my time, I learned valuable laboratory skills and techniques like ELISAs, qPCRs, Western Blotting and many more that will undoubtedly shape my future in research. From conducting experiments to analysing data, each day presented opportunities for growth and learning.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my internship was the chance to share my findings at national conferences. Presenting at events like the World Respiratory Day conference held in Leicester and the National Association for Medical Research Conference was super exciting. Winning the award for Best Oral Presentation was an unexpected honour that further motivated me to pursue my passion for research. However, the highlight of my internship was being given the opportunity to present at the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health. As someone with aspirations of working in paediatrics, this experience was incredibly meaningful and reinforced my dedication to making a difference in children's health.

I am immensely grateful to BALR for providing me with this opportunity to explore my interests and gain invaluable experience in the field of lung research. This internship has not only deepened my understanding of scientific inquiry but has also inspired me to continue pursuing my passion for research and making a positive impact in the world of healthcare.

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