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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Keyword: exceptional experience

                                                Sam Ramos

Senior Chemistry major, Samantha Ramos has been working at Real Diagnostics in Reistertown for a few weeks now. Before the facility started testing for Covid-19, they were primarily a testing facility for UTI/STIs and toxicology. They switched over to Covid-19 testing because they had the necessary equipment and because of the tremendous need. Sam works with three teams that accession incoming samples, aliquot samples to prepare them for testing and conduct PCR(polymerase chain reaction) testing for the virus. Stay safe, Sam! 

                                                             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! 

Student presenting

This summer, Biochemistry major Laura Gerrick was the Stevenson student chosen to participate in the Nathan Schaper Summer Intern Program.  This program is a 10 week summer internship doing cancer research at the University of Maryland.  Laura worked under the direction of Dr. Alexander Drohat studying DNA mismatch repair.  She presented the results of her summer work at the end of summer research symposium.  Several successful Biochemistry alumni got their start in this same internship program!

summer researchers

Our summer research program concluded with a day of research talks as our students presented their summer research projects to peers and Stevenson faculty and staff.  It was a wonderful day and summer for all of the S3RP research students and their faculty mentors.

 
 
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