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Lucia has recently re-established her collaboration with faculty members, Dr. Lynette Sigola and Dr. Leonard Millis, from Douglas College in Vancouver, Canada, to develop two research proposals. One proposal will be for studies aimed at determining the mechanisms by which augmentation of phagocytosis by LPS, Polyl:polyC and Pam3CSK4 occurs, and whether these are shared or different mechanisms. A second proposal will involve the development of a pilot project aimed at involving students from LaGuardia in a unique collaborative experience while doing research. This project will mirror the approach taken by Dr. Sigola, Dr. Millis and Dr. Fuentes, emphasizing the sharing of responsibilities while performing and designing experiments to study the behaviour of immune cells. The aim would be to allow young mothers with time and resource limitations to participate in research in cell biology.