Didar Asik, 5th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Morrow's group
My research focuses on designing, synthesizing and the characterization of Fe(III) macrocyclic complexes as T1 MRI contrast agents. I utilize NMR and MRI methods for characterization of complexes in vitro and in mice.
I appreciate being a graduate student at UB because it has improved me, not only scientifically but also personally and made me a more confident and independent researcher.
The reasons that I like my research are being part of a diverse and respectful team as well as collaboration opportunities with my colleagues and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. I have always enjoyed working and learning new analytical techniques in the Chemistry Instrumentation Center that has been a very friendly and supportive environment.
Additionally, working as a teaching assistant for General Chemistry courses was one my most favorite experiences at UB. I have realized how much I like to teach and help students. I learned from my students more than they did from me.
I will always be proud of being part of this inclusive, supportive and caring UB chemistry community!
Outside of the lab, I like to spend my time with my friends and family, walking and cycling in the parks, reading novels under a tree and listening to music 24/7 ( If don’t listen, I sing :-) ).