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The 2016 JRI Summer Research Program included 11 UCLA students

Feedback, 2016 JRI Summer Research Program at PKU

Eleven UCLA undergraduate and graduate students from across the sciences researched at Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, China this summer. Learn about their experiences here.

Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in the Context of Geothermal Reservoir Exploration

The most important lesson I learned was a long lesson about story-telling - talking about my research and my journey to its conclusions, encouraging friends to come to China and telling family about China and using stories that stemmed from my curiosity in order to inspire curiosity in others.

-Jodutt Basrawi, '16

In-Vivo Calcium Imaging in the Rat Dorsal Striatum

This program has truly been a wonderful experience for me which I will have in my memories forever. It has led to very beneficial research connection between our labs. I look forward to continued collaboration with the researchers at PKU and being able to return to this grand and culturally rich country.

-Garrett Blair, PhD candidate

Study of “Additive Effect” Using Ginsenosides As Research Subjects

I am very grateful for the friends who shared my unforgettable, grand, hilarious, sometimes weird and confusing experience in Beijing during Summer 2016.

-Sarah Chang, '17


Chemogenetic inhibition of glutamatergic neurons in the ventral hippocampus show sex dependent effects on anxiety behavior in mice

From adjusting to the change in climate, the change in cuisine, and the change in cultural norms, this past summer has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and educate myself on the differences in lifestyle that exist in our world. I am so thankful to have been able to work in such a friendly and welcoming community this summer and I hope to be back in Beijing in my near future to visit all of the wonderful friends I have made throughout this program.

- Alison Hildebrandt, '16

Insulin-regulated Secretory Pathway in Drosophila Fat Body Metabolism

Everyone that I interacted with in China was super nice. I had a very positive relationship with my lab mates and my PI. They didn’t mind me shadowing their experiments and asking them numerous basic questions while they were busy doing their work. I will miss Chinese food and certain snacks I would go crazy over, and I will miss being able to visit and get around Beijing by their amazing public transportation system. It is funny how I fell in love with China and its people within 10 weeks. Past 10 weeks was great and I would never forget this wonderful summer.

-Sojeong Jun, '17

Endogenous Expression of MG53 in C2C12 Cells and Neonatal Rat Ventricular Myocytes under Fatty Acid and Glucose Stimulations

The UCLA-PKU JRI program has given me an unforgettable two-month-long journey. From the rich cultural immersion to the intellectual stimulation, these past ten weeks have challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and embark on many adventures. I have developed a greater sense of responsibility and deeper scientific thinking, and will cherish all the experiences I've had and friendships I've made in Beijing

-Susan Lei, '17

The Distribution of Retinal Ganglion Rells (RGC) in Cats

Beijing is a really fun place and thank for JRI program that I could get to know so many young researchers, good professors and mentors.

-Li Li, '17


Does the smoking inhibitory policy in Beijing reduce the exposure to second hand smoke?

Almost everything is different between Los Angeles and Beijing (e.g. diet, transportation, environment and culture). JRI program not only provided us a valuable experience of a different civilization, but a unique research opportunity to learn how the difference between the two cities impacts our health. What we learned during the JRI program will help us promote a better life style in the future.

-Yan Lin, PhD Candidate


Study on the Effective Forms and Mechanism of Paeoniae Radix Rubra: Dynamic Change Process of Noxious Heat Blood Stasis Syndrome in Rats

Overall, my experience with working in the lab went very well because the other students and my mentor were very welcoming and accommodating.

Benjamin Lin, '18


Annotating and Functionally Characterizing Human Long Noncoding RNA

Not only did I experience how it was like doing research in Chinese and eat with fellow lab members at PKU canteens, but I also received the chance to travel around and explore many places in Beijing. JRI is a program that I would definitely participate in again, should I have the opportunity.

-Christine Sun, '18


PTEN regulation of m6A-dependent miRNA processing

Every day I was able to immerse myself in rich culture and expand my scientific knowledge. I woke up each morning wondering what new things I would learn about Chinese language, history, and culture. My passion for scientific research has only been strengthened with such an encouraging and inspiring environment. Our cohort became a tight-knit family, and I couldn’t imagine studying abroad with a better group. I have enjoyed every second of this experience. I will never forget this summer.

Brandon Tsai, '17