I’m Kush Patel, biology sophomore. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) diagnostic FRI stream provided with endless opportunities to explore my passion and encourage to go beyond my comfort zone to learn something interesting. I still remembered entering into DIY stream with very minimal lab experience. This was first time I was exposed to a real lab with wonderful instructor like Dr. Riedel and TA Joe. I learned from most vital lab basic skills like pipetting (pic below) to complicated things like how to run qPCR test. To be honest before coming to lab, I did not even know about those process name or what they do. If I even had any problem or issues with my skill development, Joe was always there to answer any kinds of question and explain process in details. For instance, while doing experiment where color of the water changes, he really explained why color change and what was the supposed outcome in the molecular level.
Among some of the cool stuff that I did in DIY was going to Waller Creek with bunch of friends, bucket in hands, gloves on and collect water sample from creek. When we were down in the creek, pedestrian students often stared at us wondering what we were doing, I felt special at that time!! 3D printing, LAMP and our brand new member laser cutter are some well-known names in DIY. DIY staff has not only helped me to do lab work but also taught valuable career skills. I still remember one day at 5pm I with some of the other students and TA were sitting by the table and discussion what can I potentially do with my biology degree in future. Also one day just out of curiosity I went to Dr. Riedel’s office and frankly asked him “What is Life?,” it was very interesting discussion that even with so much advancement and modern techniques scientists has not yet figured out what makes living being living, there are many hypothesis and theories behind them that involved physics to chemistry to even wave form of life. This is what I love most about DIY that I can literally go to any person anytime with some random questions and they will be more than happy to answer it.
Lastly I wanted to say that I would DIE for DIY!!