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MMDD2019

Freshman chemistry and biochemistry majors served during Mustangs Make a Difference Day as part of their first year seminar course. The students spread awareness and signed up prospective donors to the national bone marrow registry of Be the Match. This is the third year in a row that the students have helped with this organization, which is especially in need of young ethnically diverse donors, for whom matches are harder to find. If you are interested in learning more about their cause, or considering adding yourself to the registry, visit BetheMatch.org. 

David Willen

Senior biochemistry major David Willen spent his capstone last summer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Human Virology in the Laboratory of Viral Diagnostics, under the guidance of Dr. Neil Constantine. His work involved testing the sensitivity of HIV rapid testing kits. These kits are essential in rural and underdeveloped areas to quickly diagnose HIV positive patients and prevent the spread of disease.  David presented his work at the 21st Annual International IHV Conference held in downtown Baltimore last week. 

Ner Israel Cohort

Students from the Ner Israel Rabbinical College have been taking classes at Stevenson to supplement their courses at their home institution. This cohort of 13 students are preparing for medical school or other health professions and as such, need courses like general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. After successfully completing organic chemistry with Dr. Ward last spring, the students are now enrolled in Biochemistry with Dr. Dwyer which meets in the evening. This arrangement, which kicked off in January, is a special two-year program—designed specifically for Ner Israel students—that allows them to complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Pre-Med Focus and minor in Medical Humanities while accommodating their studies at Ner Israel. Dr. Dwyer met with the biochem class last Thursday and took a photo break. 

                                                             Kristen Snitchler

Senior Biochemistry major Kristen Snitchler is all set to graduate in December. She recently completed a summer internship at Kennedy Kreiger in their Behavioral Psychology department, specifically within the Child and Family Therapy Clinic (CFT). Kristen worked alongside post-doctoral fellows and psychologists in order to score patient measures and create assessment reports for patients at the clinic. Additionally, she was able to observe counseling  sessions, both group sessions (CBT, DBT, and family sessions), and individual sessions run by the clinicians. Kristen is interested in pursuing a career in medical research as either an MD or a Ph.D. and has already a fair amount of independent research experience under her belt. After graduation she will join the The Structural Biophysics Laboratory (SBL) at the National Institutes of Health as part of the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Program (IRTA).  The SBL "focuses on solution structural biology and biophysics aimed at understanding and regulating the mechanism of action of proteins and nucleic acids". In the laboratory of senior investigator Dr. Andrew Byrd, where she will be located, work "focuses on protein-protein interactions in the ubiquitin-proteasome regulation pathway and the area of ADP-ribosylation factor (Arf) family of GTP-binding proteins and their regulators, the Arf GTPase-activating proteins (Arf GAPs). They seek to provide detailed structural and mechanistic insight, which, when combine with collaborations in molecular and cell biology, will  inform and modulate biological function."  Congratulations, Kristen!

                                            Sarah Roerty

This summer, biochemistry major Sarah Roerty worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, in the physical therapy department. She worked in the motion analysis lab with a physical therapist, observing what is happening and also collecting data to determine how people can work more smoothly and more efficiently.  She helped with an exercise study for patients with MS. The goal was to have the patients do a 12 week exercise program to strengthen their hips, and at the end of the 12 weeks, see how they have improved with functional exercises, She also observed both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. It wasn't quite the experience that she was expecting to have this summer, but found it to be a very good experience, observing and  and participating in research studies that will help PTs work with patients. Because she wants to be a PT, these experiences helped her to understand the different things that PTs can do, as well as the different types of patients that PTs can work with. She set a goal to work more independently and to be able to do things on her own without being prompted. All the hard work paid off, as Sarah applied to and was accepted early acceptance to the DPT program at the University of Maryland in 2020.  Congratulations, Sarah! 

 
 
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