HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine recently welcomed 16 summer interns for a nine-week biomedical research program. The participants, primarily from West Virginia colleges and universities, will conduct research that is relevant to health concerns in the Appalachian region, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, addiction disorders and cancer.
“The type of hands-on research these talented students will experience this summer helps them learn what it’s like to pursue a career in research,” said Elsa I. Mangiarua, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences and director of the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Program. “It also enhances their academic competitiveness for graduate school and opens the door to a number of networking opportunities.”
The Office of Research and Graduate Education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine sponsors students from around the U.S. through the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) program. Our participant this year is:
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:
West Virginia High School Science Teacher Seth Perry of Hurricane High School has also been selected for a mentored fellowship through WV-INBRE with Monica Valentovic, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences.
Five students are supported by the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Internship Research Program led by Principal Investigator Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., M.P.H, F.A.H.A.:
“We are providing in-depth, mentored research opportunities for undergraduates,” said Santanam, a professor of biomedical sciences. “The programs also promote awareness of Marshall University’s graduate degree programs and available careers in biomedical research.”
In addition to lab work, interns attend educational and professional seminars along with networking activities. They will present their research findings at a symposium at the conclusion of the program.
For more information about WV-INBRE, visit wv-inbre.net or contact Mangiarua by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 304-696-6211. For more information about SRIMS, visit jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims or contact Hannah Raines by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304-696-3365. For information about the American Heart Association program, visit https://jcesom.marshall.edu/AHA or contact Santanam by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 304-696-7321.
Photo: Students participating in biomedical research internships this summer at Marshall University include: (back row, left to right) Christopher Bender, Hayden Hess, Seth Hill, Abdulwahab Siddig, Badraldeen Rashrash, Dylan Prasad; (front row, left to right) Victoria Davis, Hailey Cox, Layne Assif, Smara Sigdel, Nick Williams, Madison Michels, Claire Combs, RaeAnee Reed, Astrid Gonzalez Castro.
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2022