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By Gustavo Della Flora Nunes | Undergraduate | Biomedical Sciences

My international laboratory

My major is biomedical sciences but most of my classes are in the biochemistry department. I have also taken a class called undergraduate research. Right now I work with demyelinating diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

There are researchers in the UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences who were studying in Italy and came to Buffalo to conduct further research. I'm working with them now. I can't believe at this point in my education I'm working with people like this. These are respected scientists who always have time for me. They are always giving me good advice, not just good experience.

The laboratory is really international. I'm from Brazil, and there is a UB student from Japan, some Americans and the researchers from Italy and France. That is one of the most beautiful things about studying in the U.S. — finding people from different countries and learning about all these different cultures.

That kind of exposure has made me more sensitive and respectful of different cultures. It has allowed me to see things from new points of view. During lunch, we might be discussing something and you hear different views and see different ways of looking at things.

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