Research has been an integral part of my life. It has allowed me to apply knowledge that I have gained from classes towards solving real world problems. Besides conducting scientific research, I enjoy playing and watching basketball and tennis. I have been playing the piano for almost thirteen years and the trumpet for seven years. I also enjoy programming, chess, weightlifting, music, travelling, solving logic puzzles, working out math contest problems, blending fruit smoothies, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. I am also a fan of Star Trek! I have watched nearly every episode there is. For me, learning never ends, and you can always find me reading through science magazines and journals, soaking up information about the latest findings in our world.