I am currently a fourth year Combined Honors student in Biology and Neuroscience. I joined the Adamo Lab two years ago to explore my interest in insect physiology and behavior. Since then, I have quantified crickets' immune and lifetime reproductive investment using behavioural, immunological and molecular techniques. I also had the opportunity to test for changes in caterpillars' pain sensitivity in response to an immune challenge. For my honors project this year, I will be studying the evolutionary function behind different reproductive and egg-laying strategies in crickets. I look forward to a year filled with eggs, eggs and eggs!
My name is Marihan Farid. I am a third year Medical Sciences student with a minor in Neuroscience. I have worked on two projects so far in Dr. Adamo's lab. First, we looked at illness-induced anorexia in Manduca sexta using both behavioural and biochemical methods to study the effects of decreased feeding on immune function. Over the summer, I did an experiential learning course and my project was about the costs of chronic predator stress on Gryllus texensis. Specifically, I looked at the quality of female eggs by analyzing the protein concentration. I am looking forward to completing an Honours degree focusing on the effects of an immune challenge on Manduca sexta in Dr. Adamo's lab.
I am in the second year of my undergraduate degree program, completing a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology + Microbiology and Immunology. My first foray in research was at a cell cycle and cancer lab where I studied liver regeneration during a gap year after graduating from high school. Since then I have been involved in research from various fields as a means of exploring my interest, developing relevant thinking skills and learning useful laboratory techniques in my quest to become a better scientist. Currently I am working in the position of Animal Care Technician at the Adamo Lab.