The opportunity to do research at Joslin Diabetes Center had been a dream of mine since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus in the middle of my undergraduate years. I applied to the NIDDK Medical Student Summer Research Program and was fortunate enough to be selected to spend the summer between M1 and M2 year in Boston at none other than Joslin Diabetes Center. I worked under Dr. Thomas Serwold. His lab explores the central and peripheral education process that is apparently somewhat aberrant in those with type 1 diabetes. I had the opportunity to begin the work to design an immortalized T cell line so that the antigens involved in the autoimmune process of type 1 diabetes can be further elucidated. I would highly recommend all medical students to participate in research to enhance their education. While I am reasonably sure that bench work is not for me, I am almost certain that translational and clinical research will be part of my career.
Zach Nahmias, Class of 2014