My name is Nicholas Hazell. I’m in my last semester here, primarily doing research for faculty in the biochemistry department and the microbiology department while finishing up my last class. I started doing research around the beginning of my junior year, and realized how much I enjoyed being in a lab and conducting research and working towards a goal. I’ve played basketball my whole life so relating that competitive nature I get on the court, transitions over to how I sometimes view being in a lab and trying to get an experiment down or in my case, trying to publish my first paper before I graduate in December. My research so far has primarily been protein based, and looking at genetic studies of rice genomes under certain abiotic stress factors, but I plan to shift my focus to infectious disease and study viral pathogens and how they interact with their hosts.
Hometown: McAlester, OK
Involvement: Microbiology Club, Oklahoma State Research Club