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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Date: 2019

                                                             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! 

Prince Gyamfi

Biochemistry Alum Prince Gyamfi (BS' 16) received his white coat as part of the convocation ceremony at Morehouse School of Medicine, a signifying symbol of the "trust bestowed upon them as they carry on the noble traditions of medicine and science." Prince was also awarded the Presidental Scholar Merit Scholarship for exceptional scholastic ability. Congratulations Prince! 

freshman honors students

The achievements of efforts at the freshman level of chemistry was featured in the August Council of Undergraduate Research blog. Chemistry faculty member Dr. Jeremy Burkett has facilitated a year long research experience with first year honors chemistry students which has exposed them to the experience of real world mentored research early in their undergraduate career. The full story can be read here.

student at building

Olivia Apicella, senior chemistry major, completed her capstone internship by working as a Teaching Assistant for Fast-Paced High School Chemistry with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She worked at the satellite location in Carlisle, Pennsylvania at Dickinson College where she had the opportunity to work with gifted and talented middle and high school students from all around the world. Her main responsibilities were preparing for laboratory activities, managing the classroom, and assisting with student comprehension. She was even able to teach several topics while instilling a passion for science to her students. ​She is pictured here in front of the Rector Science Complex on the Dickinson College campus. 

 
 
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