Is Medical Research for You?

Is Medical Research for You?


Speaker 1: My name is Guoyan Cheng. I’m working
in Dr. Stephen Neimer’s Lab since 2012. What I’m doing is to develop a new potential treatment
for myelodisplastic syndrome, we call it MDS. Myelodisplastic syndrome is mainly seen in
old people, over 65 years old. However, with these old people, they combine some other
complications at this age. For current treatment of myelodisplastic syndrome, there are not
many opportunities. I really like the science, because every day, you update your knowledge,
and you will update your techniques with all the other areas’ advancement. For science,
every day, you are learning something new, you are doing something challenging you have
never done before. Originally, I come from China and I got my PhD here in the United
States, and I have to say, I’m the only person doing science in my whole family. When I was
in my high school, it’s a different education system comparing China vs. the US. I think,
from my kindergarten to college, I’ve always been a good student. That’s the way my parents
want me to be, because at the end of every traditional Chinese year, if I did a good
job, they would give me a red envelope, and inside, you would find a lot of money. I mean,
for me, a lot of money, and I could use this money to buy whatever I want, so I think,
during school, I have been quite a good student. The most difficult part of coming to this
country, at the beginning, is the way you have to talk with people and come in towards
people, and to share the common interest to you and the other persons around you, because
you were raised on growing up in a different cultural background. However, when we talk
about science, I think there is completely no difficulty for me, because we all get the
same education. What is fascinating for me, to be a young scientist in the lab is, I can
use what I have learned before to do my current work, and also, I can know more and more people
in this area and get more ideas from these senior scientist, and try to set up more and
more cooperation with these scientists. What I’m doing for this PCR is to check the deletional
CBP at the genomic level. My hope, first step, is to accomplish my project, to finish every
experiment neatly and successfully, and then, we can have all the data be published. Next
step is, hopefully, we can gradually translate what we find from the bench to real patients.
What I’m going to say for the young kids or the young people is to follow your heart and
do whatever you yourself tells you to do. If you want to continue with something you
want to do, believe in yourself. You can be successful one day.

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