Chandler Lentovich is a Junior at the University of Florida in the University Scholars Program. On campus, she is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Theatre Strike Force. Her research project is entitled: The Effects of Terpenes and Minor Cannabinoids on Immune Response to Pain in a Mouse Model. Below are a summary of Chandler’s project, experience with research, and plan for the future.
Summary of Research Project: There are a myriad of compounds found in marijuana that hold promise as novel therapeutic agents for chronic pain. It is possible that activation of cannabinoid receptors, as well as other key receptors, may cause modulation of proinflammatory markers. In this project, immunohistochemistry methods will be used to analyze the effects of the terpenes γ-terpinene, α-terpineol, β-caryophyllene on pro- and anti-inflammatory immune responses in a mouse paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy model.
Why did you get started in undergraduate research? I’ve always found research to be a fascinating field in science. Researchers are the pioneers of modern medicine, and I really wanted to be a part of that process.
How has your research experience shaped your undergraduate career? I never really considered having a career in research before actually participating in it, since I always wanted to be a doctor. Now, after having done research, I am strongly considering a career in medical research, and I am very interested in pursuing an MD/PhD after undergrad.
What advice would you give someone interested in undergraduate research? Once you identify subjects that align with your interests, don’t be afraid to reach out to a lot of PIs, and don’t be daunted by rejection. You’re going to find a position that you love!
What are your plans for the future? I plan to pursue an MD/PhD after undergrad.