FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Contact: Sheanna M. Spence, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs and Community Relations, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Nearly 20 undergraduate students from 10 different institutions are spending the summer conducting biomedical research in laboratories at Marshall University.
While at Marshall, the students are working in the university’s facilities on research projects important to the health of Appalachia, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, addiction-associated diseases, toxicology and immunological diseases. The students will present their research results at a symposium at the end of their nine-week program.
“We are providing in-depth, mentored research opportunities for very talented undergraduates,” said Elsa I. Mangiarua, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences and director of the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or WV-INBRE, program. “The programs also promote awareness of Marshall’s graduate degree programs and available careers in biomedical research.”
Participating in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS), sponsored by the Office of Biomedical Research at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, are:
WV-INBRE is funded through a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Marshall University, in partnership with researchers at West Virginia University, received the award to help build expertise in biomedical research. Students participating in the WV-INBRE summer program include:
The WV-INBRE program also sponsors summer fellowships for instructors. This year’s fellowship recipient is Gregory Polsinelli, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor of biology at Bethany College who is working with Hongwei Yu, Ph.D., associate professor in biomedical sciences.
Lastly, five additional students from Marshall University are participating in the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Intern Research program led by principal investigator Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., MPH, FAHA:
“This is a chance for students to do meaningful laboratory research, network with others in their field and enhance their academic competitiveness for graduate school,” said Kelly Carothers, coordinator of the SRIMS program.
For more information about WV-INBRE, visit wv-inbre.net or contact Mangiarua at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-696-6211. For more information about SRIMS, visit jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims or contact Carothers at email@example.com or 304-696-7279. For information about the American Heart Association program, contact Santanam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-696-7321.
Photo caption: Students participating in biomedical research internships this summer at Marshall University include (back row, left to right) Kelsey Matusic, Michelle Germeil, Mackinzie Smith, Abigail Turner, Amanda Chavarria, Gretel Toloza Alvarez, Amarachi Ude, Daria Seccurro, Kaden Hudson; (front row, left to right) Elsa Mangiarua, Tiffany Dean, Kristiana Skilotovskaya-Lopez, Cara Taylor, Alexa Smarra, Haley Blake, Cierra King, Matthew Rosolen, Norm Cole, Oddai Gharib.
Date Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018