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Sara Hammer

Sara Hammer
Major
Biology

"I am thankful to have been granted the Provost fellowship this summer which allowed me to gain valuable experience while working in Dr. Kanzok's Malaria lab at Loyola. While working on my project, I have learned skills such as how to successfully complete a double digest, how to transform DNA into bacteria, how to purify DNA, how to work with laboratory mice, and how to transfect a plasmid into parasites. Additionally, experiencing the successes and failures that accompany research have allowed me to learn how exciting research can be and have allowed me to experience troubleshooting when results do not turn out as planned. My lab mentor, Dr. Kanzok, helps foster passion and excitement for research in our lab, which has allowed me to realize that I want to continue with research after my time at Loyola."