Dates: July 20-31
While many careers in medicine involve directly working with people or animals, there is another side-- research that can lead to treatments and cures. This module will expose students to the research side of biomedicine and veterinary medicine.
Students participating in the One Health module will investigate how botanicals and toxins affect health and longevity. For this project, students will collect Alaskan plants, extract secondary metabolites, and use this collection to conduct research on longevity and neuro-protection using the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, as an animal model. Students will also visit a sled dog kennel and learn about performance dogs, nutrition, and chemical markers in hair. Students will develop and test hypotheses, use laboratory equipment to carry out their investigations, and present results at the end of the module.
If you like chemistry and biology, a research career in medicine may be for you. This module will give you an opportunity to get a taste of what such a career might be like.
I have an extensive science background, including a Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology, and over ten years experience as a research technician and a laboratory manager. I have participated on a variety of research projects that have studied immunology, virology and toxicology. I have taught the laboratory sections of anatomy and physiology courses as a teacher’s assistant and have also been a tutor for biology, chemistry and calculus courses. Additionally, I participated on a project that examined the effects of diet, nutrition and exercise on the cardiovascular system during which I developed a passion for understanding overall health and wellness. As a result, I am a Certified Personal Trainer and am currently working on a Sports Performance Nutrition Certification. Furthermore, I was the ASRA Assistant Program Manager in previous years and look forward to participating as an instructor this year. Recently, I joined the Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) Program as a Laboratory Research and Teaching Technician an am incredibly excited to be part of this innovative program.