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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

A week before the start of each semester, faculty gather to discuss plans for the new semester.  This January, a new approach to our upper level integrative labs was discussed, upcoming award winners were chosen, and new ways to help freshmen and sophomore students be more successful in their coursework were brainstormed.  Everyone is excited to start the Spring 2016 semester!

Biochemistry junior, Zoe Singman, completed a research experience with SU faculty member, Dr. Rivka Glaser, in the fall, studying the attitudes of people with neurofibromatosis towards facial transplants.  Zoe reported that she learned a lot about neurofibromatosis and how the disease impacts individuals emotionally and socially.  She also learned how to organize and perform statistical analysis on non-numeric data and the benefits and drawbacks of survey research. 

Zoe thinks this research experience "dovetails perfectly with my career goal as a physician. My research this fall required me to work with, interpret, and present self-reported personal information in a sensitive and thoughtful manner. It required me to learn about the viewpoints of others, in this case the individuals with NF in our study population. These abilities will be important in direct patient care."

Biochemistry senior, Prince Gyamfi, completed his Capstone internship at Spine and Joint Center of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). His career goal is to become a physician. "My internship at GBMC has even strengthened my passion in medicine. I got to observe how nurses and physicians work together to provide care. ...Click here to read more.

Chemistry junior Corinna Carter and Chemistry seniors, Ryan Drazenovic and Heather Drake, did research with Dr. Timothy Dwyer over the summer and fall looking at how to use RNA as a pharmaceutical tool and how inhibitors of malate dehydrogenase can be used to improve outcomes with chemotherapeutic agents.  The focus of the research is on ensuring that side effects are minimal with each treatment.  All three presented their results at the December SOS Poster Session and will be attending the National American Chemical Society Meeting to present their results in March in Denver. 

Chemistry senior, Heather Drake, completed her Capstone Internship at Taylor Technologies in Sparks, Maryland, under the mentorship of Becki Shook and Janine Ladzinski, both SU Alumni (BS, CHEM '10).  Everyone was excited to see Becki and Janine when they visited for the Fall 2015 Poster Session....Click here to read more.

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