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Chemistry and Biochemistry News


Senior Sarah Kruse completed her research capstone is at Aberdeen Proving Ground working under the US Army, in the Edewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), in the Biochemistry department.  Her project was to create a substance that can be used to improve our warfighters' protective equipment.  In Sarah's own words, "The opportunity to work inside of a DoD laboratory is an invaluable experience in and of itself.  I have always wanted a career in the federal government and this was a great first step towards that pathway.  I have made numerous connections here, as well as gotten a feel for how research is conducted outside of an academic environment.  I would love to return here to work after I have graduated!"

Senior Joseph Acqui is completing his Capstone internship with Gilchrist in the Elder Medical Care Office located at GBMC. At his placement, he has the opportunity to shadow medical staff, visit nursing homes/hospice centers, communicate with Gilchrist/GBMC personnel, attend various seminars/informative sessions, and to interact with patients. His placement ties in with his career plans because he would like to be a physician. For his Capstone project, Joseph is researching physican burnout, because he believes that it is pivotal not only to look out for the patients, but to look out for the medical staff as well!​

Biochemistry senior, Tania Rodriguez Cintora is completing her Capstone internship at Dr. Angela M. Saldarriaga Pachalis' Family Practice in Wilmington, DE.  Last summer, Tania trained as a Medical Assistant in Dr. Saldarriaga Pachalis' office, and this summer, she is completing all the duties of a Medical Assistant there.  This is great opportunity for Tania to gain medical experience as she works towards a career as a physician or physician assistant.


Biochemistry senior, Robert Coles, is an intern this summer at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (AMRICD). He is evaluating muscle fiber composition and atrophy in diaphragms of mice intoxicated with sub-lethal botulinum-toxin A.  Robert has always been interested in medical research and this internship has provided him with the opportunity to gain experience in this field.​  It's been a great summer for Robert!

Biochemistry senior, Jullie Thieu, is a student in our BS/MFS Biochemistry/Forensic Science Program.  She spent time this summer completing her Capstone Internship at the Baltimore City Police Headquarters.  Jullie rotated through various units there, including Crime Scene, DNA Analysis, Firearms, and Latent Prints.  She loved every part of her internship.  In her own words: "My favorite rotation was probably either the DNA Analysis Unit or the Crime Scene Unit . DNA analysis is a hands-on type of lab that I’m already used to and the Crime Scene Unit is full of unexpected situations:  You don’t know what type of crime scene you’re going to encounter!  I also enjoy working in the Latent Print Unit because working/analyzing latent prints is like the game iSpy.”

Jullie couldn't have gotten a better internship for her future career as a Forensic Scientist!

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