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Interested in Mental Health? Watch Krista

Interested in Mental Health? Watch Krista


“At California State in Los Angeles, prospective
medical research students have begun to take advantage of the recently renovated medical
campus at their school. speaker 2: My name’s Krista. I’ve been here
about a year. I’m studying all my chemistry and biology to get a bio-chem Masters. I’m
also part of a certificate program, and so kind of juggling both of those right now.
I’m from Southern California. I’m born and raised here. I’m not really a Southern California
girl. I’m not like surfer chick or anything like that, but I was born here in Southern
California, Ontario area. Specifically we’re looking at the dopamine
D2 receptor and the methyl, methylation and the phosphorylation post transcriptional.
So for me specifically, I like mental health, and the D2 receptor is implicated in a lot
of mental health things. So we’re looking at the protein, the dopamine D2 receptor and
how it, how it’s affected by the transcription. Oh mental health, I’ve actually recently come
in, come like, just head to head with mental health. I’ve fallen in love with the field.
I cannot go anywhere without thinking about mental health. The, I guess the, I guess the
appeal that it has to me personally that, that I feel that we all go through it, that
there’s like a whole broad spectrum that we all have a part of, that we’re all on this
spectrum of mental health that we all deal with, and I think the world could be a healthier
place if we could just realize that and address it and solve some of the problems in it. I think that just the solving of a problem
would inspire me. Just I love getting answers, so I wouldn’t say a specific person. The person
that I would have first read was Dr. Daniel Amen. He’s here in Southern California. I
think he’s got clinics all over the country, but he does a lot of, or he did a lot of work
on functional MRIs of the brain and how that worked, and how it looked into mental health,
and so now we’re looking more of a microscopic level of how we can look at the, the dopamine
D2 receptors. But that was more of a macroscopic level, first got me into the field. I get to come here. I get to let loose. I
get to put my stuff down and do my homework and not have to find some place off campus
and I feel at home here. I wanna get into psychiatry, specific, and that’s a specialized
medical field, again mental health is really my, my passion, so I wanna get into psychiatry
and not necessarily only drug development ’cause there is drug development, but there’s
also other ways of addressing mental health that are also effective. My favorite part here is doing the research.
Probably usually the data. Again the results, I like answers, so asking the questions is
one thing, but getting the results and getting the data and being able to do something with
the data, and presenting the data, data is really fun for me. Keep at it. If you’re passionate about it
you have to keep at it. It’s very hard. It’s very difficult, but there’s an end in sight
and you just have to see that and that’s your goal and you just keep at it even though it’s
tough, because if it’s your passion then you’re gonna get there and you’re gonna love it.”


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