Kyle Durgin ’14

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Hometown: Monticello, Iowa.


Dimensions Fellow in Research

University of Iowa Neuroscience Program | Iowa City, Iowa

Week 8:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


August 6, 2012 | Wow! I find it hard to believe that I just completed the final week of my fellowship. It is hard to summarize all that I learned and experienced and the gratitude I feel toward all the members of the Cornell lab at the University of Iowa and to the Dimensions program at Cornell College. It […]

Week 7:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


July 27, 2012 | This week proved to be another fun week in the lab. I started a couple new experiments and other things this week which was enjoyable. I carried out a study on a batch of the zebrafish that lack trpm7 channels. These fish are peculiar in that at 3 days post-fertilization they experience paralysis that usually […]

Week 6:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


July 20, 2012 | I find it hard to believe that the 6th week of my fellowship is already over! Fortunately, it was another productive week. I took multiple photographs of the fish I had injected with the trpm1 morpholino and then treated to remove embryonic melanophores. I was then able to analyze the results by counting the stem […]

Week 5:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


July 16, 2012 | I had a very successful fifth week here in the Cornell lab at the University of Iowa. The senior graduate student working in the lab here was kind enough to inject a bunch of zebrafish with the trpm1 morpholino for me. This was extremely helpful because she is very efficient at injecting the embryos and […]

Week 4:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


July 8, 2012 | Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to spend very much time in the lab this week due to the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday. One of the difficulties about doing research with zebrafish or any living organism is that an experiment, especially one that studies some aspect of development, requires daily observation. This was part […]

Week 3:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


July 2, 2012 | I can’t believe that June is already over. This summer is flying by and now that I have completed the third week of my fellowship here at the University of Iowa, I am realizing that research isn’t something that can be rushed. I have been refining my experiment for the fourth or fifth time now […]

Week 2:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


June 23, 2012 | The second week of my fellowship went by even faster than the first week despite the fact that literally everyone except one of the graduate students on rotation was at an international zebrafish conference for the second half of the week. Fortunately, everyone had done a good job introducing me to the lab because I […]

Week 1:
University of Iowa Neuroscience Program


June 21, 2012 | My first week here at the University of Iowa has been fantastic. The parking in Iowa city is still a challenge and the bus routes still confuse me, but I have been car-pooling with some other Cornell students which has made my life a lot easier. The members of the lab team have been amazingly […]