Student Research Spotlight: Aviva Marmer

By: Leia Rubinstein  |  December 17, 2021

By Leia Rubinstein, Science & Technology Editor 

I had the opportunity to ask Aviva Marmer (SCW ‘23) some questions about her research on campus. 


Leia Rubinstein (LR): Hi Aviva, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Aviva Marmer (AM): I am a senior majoring in biology, hoping to pursue a career in medicine. 

LR: How did you get involved in this research? 

AM: There are a lot of research opportunities with professors on campus. I had friends that had worked with Dr. Schuck before, so I reached out to her, and she immediately agreed to allow me to join her in her lab for this semester. 

LR: Who’s lab do you work in, and what do you study?

AM: I work in Dr. Schuck’s lab, where we are studying the effects of microorganisms in the oral cavity in preventing cancer.

LR: What did you hope to gain from this research experience? 

AM: When I started to research, I hoped to learn more about how to conduct and execute research. I learned how to develop, execute and analyze experiments. I learned valuable lab skills and techniques as well. 

LR: Are there any real-world applications of this research? 

AM: Results of this research may aid in the development of medicine and prevention methods for cancer by providing valuable information regarding whether specific microorganisms prevent cancer in the oral cavity.

LR: What role do you play in this lab? 

AM:  I help Dr. Schuck construct and execute the experiments and analyze data.

LR: Is there anything that you encountered that was especially difficult during the research? 

AM:  No, Dr. Schuck will help if anyone struggles to complete a given task. 

LR: Do you have any advice for students who are interested in lab positions?

AM: I would suggest that any student who is interested in getting involved in research on campus email their professors. They should be afraid to reach out, and professors love to have students join them in their labs and teach them valuable skills. Doing research with a professor allows you to develop a deeper connection with them.

LR: Thank you so much Aviva! This was all so interesting. 

AM: My pleasure!