Commit to doing what is necessary to work on a real project. If you find that it is onerous to do so, you probably are not really interested in research. Showing up helps a lot!
Research Interests: Genetic control of mosquito-borne diseases (malaria and dengue fever)
Faculty Profile: http://faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2154&name=Anthony%20A.%20James