I would like to thank Piotr Rudnicki for taking me on as his summer student and being a mentor to me. Piotr was an incredibly caring, intelligent, funny, passionate human being. I am proud to know I was his last student, in a long line of students he has mentored and cared about throughout his life. Thank you Piotr, for the opportunity you gave me, and for the faith, confidence and trust you showed in me. I will miss you.