First-gen student works on detecting cancer cells
Student Spotlight Christian Gordillo, fourth-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major
Christian Gordillo is a fourth-year biotechnology and molecular bioscience major in RIT’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and a member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. He hails from Queens, N.Y., and as a first-generation American who speaks fluent Spanish and English, will be the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. His goal is to become a medical doctor.
Question: What brought you to RIT?
Answer: I’ve gone from the arts to science. In high school I was interested in architecture and culture. But at RIT, I started in psychology and then switched to bioscience because my overall goal is to become a doctor.
Q: What do you enjoy best about the biotechnology and molecular bioscience program?
A: I’m a hands-on person and I really like lab work because there’s so much to learn. Plus science is such an evolving field. And hopefully through the kinds of research we do at RIT, we will help find cures for certain kinds of cancer and other diseases.
Q: What is LSAMP?
A: LSAMP is offered through RIT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and helps students from underrepresented populations enrolled in STEM fields. It is similar to the McNair Scholars program where you get support and funds to do intensive research.
Q: What did you work on during your summer research?
A: I have an internship with Professor Irene Evans who has been testing targeted molecular-imaging agents that Professor Hans Schmitthenner makes to help detect early stages of prostate cancer. We look at the cells under a confocal fluorescent microscope. Working with her, I knew it was all about the patients being tested for this disease, but it was also about having patience. She emphasizes how things can go wrong, and also how things can go right. That’s science.
Q: How do you stay motivated?
A: It’s about loving what you do, and I have found that RIT is a great place to be because there are so many choices in classes and curriculum to keep you interested. It’s also a place that celebrates heritage and culture, where individuals are encouraged to keep their traditions and that’s a big part of my life. I deeply thank my parents who emigrated from Mexico and gave me the foundation for this wonderful opportunity.
Q: Do you have advice for other students?
A: Don’t overload with classes to get ahead. You will have a difficult time keeping up with the workload, a job if you have one, and other commitments like sports or clubs on campus. My advice is to get involved because you will learn about real life from the people you meet and the students who come from all over the world. I don’t regret coming here at all, except for winter and the cold.
April 23, 2019
RIT researchers help conduct experiment to study how the first stars and galaxies formed
While many people flock to warm destinations for spring break, two RIT experimental cosmologists spent theirs 6,800 feet high on snow-covered Kitt Peak at the Arizona Radio Observatory. They were deploying an instrument to a 12-meter telescope for a project called the Tomographic Ionized-carbon Mapping Experiment (TIME), which aims to study the universe’s first stars and galaxies.
April 23, 2019
Drones are coming soon to a farm near you
Drones are adding a new level of precision to agriculture, giving farmers digital tools for cultivating better and more profitable crops.
April 23, 2019
Packaging solutions improve product shelf life and sustainability
Images of plastic bags and bottles clogging beaches and oceans have some calling for a ban on all such products. But packaging experts say it’s not that easy to eliminate a highly effective material. Instead, researchers at RIT are looking to strike a balance: Find a way to produce plastics that retain their best qualities and yet are more environmentally friendly.
April 23, 2019
Gas prices got you down? Imagine RIT attendees can get up to speed on electric, hybrid ‘e-bikes’
Imagine RIT visitors interested in learning about electric and hybrid-electric bikes get to participate in an interactive exhibit and discussion on the growing travel mode inside the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on April 27.