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Levy, Sophia

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

During my first year, my RISE area of interest is research. This research will satisfy the research requirement for my Integrated Life Sciences honors college. Over the past summer, I worked in Jay Labs, and I would like to continue my research. My goal with my degree is to work with some kind of pharmaceutical development, and my interest has been reinforced by the experiences and mentorship I’ve had working on extracellular vesicle isolation in Jay Labs. 

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

My RISE area of interest for the second year would be entrepreneurship. Learning how my engineering knowledge can be applied in a business setting, and being able to work with a thriving company, would be a good experience to have. Ideally, I would be able to work with a pharmaceutical or biotherapy company, which would guide my future career, or potentially lead to job offers or mentorship.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am a member of the Society for the Advancement of Women in Science, which creates a curriculum for an after school program to foster an interest in science in young girls. We work weekly with local middle schools, and provide fun science experiments and student-guided lessons. I also play intramural volleyball with a team of close friends.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Part of my research project is experimenting with cell culturing techniques. I cultured some cells in the commonly used EV depleted media, and more in basal media. While I didn’t expect to have drastically different results from this culturing, I found that after isolation, the vesicle solution in EV depleted media was bright red, while the basal was clear. It was very unusual, and the first clear visible sign of what I was doing actually had an effect.