Dr. Henrique Serezani and graduate student Eden Faneuff tested our glow-in-the-dark coloring kits while we asked them some questions about their research!
Henrique (H): That was a great answer.
Eden (E): It was nice. We should put that in a grant.
(H): No [laughter]
VI4 Scientists Doing Things
(E): Hi, I'm Eden. I'm fourth year graduate student in the Serezani lab.
(H): and I'm Henrique Serezani, I'm an associate professor in medicine. [What does your lab study?] (H): So, my lab, we study how macrophages and neutrophils control infections.
(E): My research focuses on modulating the incessive pro-inflammatory cytokine response and inflammation response during sepsis.
[What is your favorite lab memory?]
(H): You cannot say there's none.
(E): No, there are a lot! I'm trying to pick one!
(H): As a PI, when my first student defended her thesis, I think that was one of the happiest moments for me.
[What advice would you give to new graduate students?]
(E): I think the hardest thing for me starting was being OK when things don't work. Optimizing is a very large part of what we do and optimizing is inherently figuring out how these things work and figuring out how things don't work.
[If you were a pipettor, which one would you be?]
(H): That's a bad question. Delete that.
(E): I believe that I'd be a multichannel because you can do so much. Probably I'll be like a 10 to a 100 microliter because that's what I use a lot actually. So that's what I would be.
(H): I’d be a pipette man.
(E): You are a pipette man.
(H): I don't know how to answer this. It just makes no sense.
[What advice would you give to a new faculty member?]
(H): Don't be afraid to spend your startup funding. Meet as many people as you can in the first few months you join and let them know what you do and how you can help. Third advice. Don't expect the students to be just like you. Not everyone is different. Boom.