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PHOTO: DAVID CLOUGH  Yuka Takemon, a College of the Atlantic graduate, parlayed two academic year fellowships into a job as a research assistant at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.PHOTO: DAVID CLOUGH  Yuka Takemon, a College of the Atlantic graduate, parlayed two academic year fellowships into a job as a research assistant at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.

When Yuka Takemon started at COA she wanted to be a marine biologist. But the exposure through INBRE to what research is like, and that it can eventually benefit human health, helped her realize that laboratory research was in her future.

Takemon realizes all too well that repeating experiments again and again and not getting the desired results can be tedious. “That’s when it really helps having a good mentor,” she says. “Their enthusiasm is contagious.”

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