Tobias is currently working on a
project isolating bacteria from aquatic vegetation and related
sources. The project includes preparing genomic DNA from the
bacterial isolates to be used to identify the bacteria by PCR
and nucleotide sequence comparisons.
How did you get involved in research?
When I first heard that there was an undergraduate research program at U of
M-Flint I immediately followed up and it lead me to Andre Louis, the research
project manager. The first class of Gerontology my professor, Rie Suzuki, said
she had a research project and she was looking for assistance. From there
everything fell into place. So my first professional research began fall
How has participating in research impacted your education?
I have learned much about the community and the utilizations of medical
resources by the community in Genesee County because of my research. I learned
more on how to talk to people, especially when I needed information.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
I get to talk to and meet with people that I would otherwise have not. I’ve had
to visit and/or contact all the major hospitals and clinics in Genesee County.
If it was not for this project I would have never met Zachary Tomlinson, the
accessibility services coordinator for U of M-Flint or Tamika January, the
resource program analyst for Michigan.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
My future plans involve possibly researching the processes of aging. This
research project has greatly increased my charisma and my familiarity with the
whole process of research. I learned who to contact, how to contact them, and
how to record information learned.
What advice would you give to students
interested in being involved in research? I would advice students to become passionate about doing research, and being
patient when working with professors. Keep your mind on the overall research
building experience and always look back thinking I have learned many new
things. I would also advice not to just do research in your field or major. You
will learn much more diverse skills by gaining research experiences as a whole
and being well rounded. Start now, don't wait till later as an undergrad or even
graduate school. The sooner you start the more you will learn and be able to
apply the knowledge.