Mr. Ben Haslund-Gourley is a Research Assistant in the Marth laboratory at the Center for Nanomedicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at the UC Santa Barbara campus. He holds a B.A. in Biology from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and plans on pursuing a career as a physician. Ben's research at the CNM in the Marth laboratory began by optimizing an ELISA for measuring insulin levels in the Non-Obese Diabetic (NOD) mouse model. He has received the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Creativity Award for his work in the Marth laboratory and presented his work in symposiums at Stanford and at the American Junior Association of Scientists (AJAS) in Boston. In addition, he has attended Glycobiology Symposiums held in New Orleans, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Ben is currently working on research focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of sepsis, as well as type 2 diabetes.