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Program of Emphasis: Biochemistry
Hometown: Reading, PA
High School: Exeter Township Sr High School
Why I chose to attend Juniata: I chose to attend Juniata to obtain a liberal arts education in biochemistry and German.
Clubs and Organizations: German Club -- treasurer and president Christian Ministry Board
Internship: Summer Research Student in the Stahl Lab at Harvard Medical School I completed a 12 week research project in immunology.
Travels Abroad: I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany. I enjoyed improving my German language skills and taking courses in German. My favorite aspects of my year in Germany were getting to know German students, running the half-marathon in Marburg, and traveling.
Research Participation: "Longitudinal analysis of gut microbial community dynamics of an inflammatory bowel disease cohort." Dr. Regina Lamendella The cause of inflammatory bowel disease is currently unknown, however dysbiosis, or an imbalance of the normal bacterial flora, has been implicated in IBD pathogenesis. I am analyzing changes in the community structure of commensal gut microbes and correlating dysbiosis to changes in inflammatory bowel disease condition.
Most Interesting Class: Microbiology--the molecular methods used to study bacteria are most interesting to me.
Honors Received: Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society Omicron Delta Kappa Eagles Abroad Scholar Recipient of the Bliss-Karns-Schwemmlein scholarship for study abroad and the Klaus Jaeger Endowed Scholarship.
Thank you for the scholarship through the Juniata Scholarship Fund. Tuition is expensive, and the gift decreased the amount of money I had to borrow this year to afford Juniata. I treasure my education here, and am grateful for the community. Thank you again for the scholarship.
Class of 2013