Characterization of an F2 Population Derived from 2032 x MN106
Nicholas (Nick) Lee is a freshman undergraduate from Rancho Cucamonga, CA – about an hour east of LA. Nick attends Brown University, where he studies Biomedical Engineering and Education. Thus, he is thrilled to be interning with CoverCress in developing pennycress and sustainable biofuel! Post-graduation, Nick aspires to work as a professor or in the biotechnology industry and conduct research in genetic engineering, especially in improving agricultural yield and photosynthesis.
Outside of STEM, he is passionate about educational equity and spoken word poetry. In his free time, Nick enjoys water sports, planning get-togethers, and trying new fried chicken spots (although Popeyes will always have his heart).
I applied for the IPREFER internship… because I…am passionate about sustainable agriculture and bioengineering. I have worked on small-scale, sustainable farms for the last five years, and I look forward to working in bioengineering and plant/genetic development. I am also excited to intern with a start-up and experience the bustling biotech industry in St. Louis and beyond!
The most important thing I learned during my internship… is the interdisciplinary nature of start-ups and plant research. During my internship, I was not limited to just laboratory work or fieldwork – rather, I was involved in the collection, analysis, and development processes of CoverCress™, and I was invited to explore start-up culture on all levels. Furthermore, laboratory research is inherently collaborative; the work is never “really done”, and proactively assisting other team members enabled me to work within many steps of the research pipeline. By the end of the internship, I tried every machine within the lab!