Wilson Freije

APEX Fellowship | Wilson Freije

October 22, 2020   /  

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Leslie Wingard

At an IU School of Medicine radiation oncology lab, in Indianapolis, I assisted, as a reasearch assistant, in the publication of research through reviewing of data and editing.

Wilson Freije will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

9 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Wilson Freije”

  1. Wilson – I’m so glad this worked out for you and that even though you had to jettison the in-person aspect and opportunities to see the impact on patients, you and the lab made the most of a challenging situation. Glad this has cemented your interested in both research and in becoming a physician.

    1. Ms. McConnell, it would not have been possible without the support and flexibility of APEX! I am also thankful that the Mendonca group was willing to incorporate me into their remote transition. It has certainly impacted my interest in medicine!

  2. Wilson,
    Although this wasn’t what you had originally planned, it looks like the experience resulted in really interesting research. I hope that you’ve been able to translate what you learned in this experience into the skills you would bring with you to medical school. Good luck as you interview and await your acceptance.

    1. Jenni,
      Despite it not being the same experience I originally planned, I really enjoyed being able to be involved in medically-related research even from a remote capacity. I definitely hope to build upon this kind of work in the future!

  3. Excellent presentation, Wilson! I even learned some things about cancer preventative measures and potential treatments. It sounds like you adapted well to the quick change due to COVID so that you could continue this work. It’s good to hear that the real-world applications is what drives your continued interested in research. What was your favorite part of this experience?

    1. Dr. Guarnera,
      It is amazing how complex the body is and how in different conditions differing compounds can induce alternate cellular responses. I really enjoyed learning more about the regulation mechanisms the body and cells have to prevent cancer. I also appreciated learning about the experiences of some of the other medical students, whom I worked with!

  4. Interesting research project, thank you Wilson! It looks like you were able to learn quite a bit. It seems like the switch to remote really helped foster some important skills (beyond labwork) needed as a researcher, despite the challenges it put your way. Best wishes in your medical school application process!

    1. Dr. Sobeck,
      Thank you for the well wishes! This experience definitely helped me grow as a writer and communicator. Working with medical students within the lab group also helped build my confidence in my own ability to clearly express my thoughts.

  5. Wilson,

    I really enjoyed your presentation. With the transition to a more remote experience involving lots of literature review, did you find some of the skills you learned in Junior I.S. helpful during the fellowship?

    Eric Kraus

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