My name is Dan Merrill from Byron, Illinois. I am a senior majoring in PD Bio with the intent to enter medical school in 2015. I joined Dr. Arroyo's lab in August of 2012 studying the effects of hypoxia on the reproductive system of rats. I am now looking at ways to reverse the affects of Preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). I love working in Dr. Arroyo's lab because of the implications that our research may have on the future of reproductive medicine. We find causes of birth defects and try to reverse them. This may just help future mothers and even my wife one day. I look forward to a future career in medicine and in helping the sick and afflicted.