A typical day would involve the design and execution of research projects in the area of biomedical engineering. My primary focus was on the DNA transfection of neurons, which involved learning about the areas of genetics and nanotechnology. As the first student in my second lab at UF, I was most often the person to train new students and handle financial and regulatory matters. Experiments would commonly deviate from the expected outcome, sometimes leading to a dead end. My research colleagues were friendly, supportive and knowledgeable, which promoted a productive laboratory environment. that I enjoyed participating in. There were many challenges associated with achieving the goals of individual research projects, with many failures along the path to success. The best part of academic research occurred when an experiment would demonstrate the validity of a hypothesis that was derived from the findings of previous experiments and other researchers.