I would suggest that the students do some homework before approaching a professor to join their lab's research. However, once they select and join a lab, they should be prepared to commit at least a whole year in that lab. You may discover that the research project is not very interesting to you but you can always learn different things from each lab. If you join labs for short terms and jump from lab to lab, you will not be able to learn the essence of research and what it takes to persevere and see how research truly incubates, nucleates, and crystallizes. If you experienced the whole process during your undergrad years, the experience could be life changing and help you in anything you end up doing.
Research Interests: Micro/nanofluidics, biosensors, point-of-care diagnostics, BioMEMS, cell sorting, materials synthesis, targeted imaging/therapeutics
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