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Anna Victoria Serbin.
Rheumatologist Dr. P.J. Utz, M.D., founder of SIMR and Mary Carmen Reid.
SJND students intern at Stanford,
Children's Hospital Oakland Labs
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School Senior Mary Carmen Reid '17 was accepted into the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR), a prestigious eight-week summer internship in which high school students are invited to perform research on a medically-oriented project with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers.
Mary Carmen did clinical research at the Stanford University Medical Center, focused on chronic Hepatitis C in Asian-American and non-Asian patients in the United States. She analyzed patient medical records and used the information to build a database of patients with Hepatitis C. She also had the opportunity to hear current grad students and postdoctoral researchers at Stanford give lectures about cancer-related topics.
"Hearing two Nobel Laureates in science was also a treat, to say the least!" said Mary Carmen. "I met some amazing, talented young leaders of tomorrow and I can't wait to interact with people who are STEM-oriented when I go to college (which will be soon!). The eight weeks taught me a lot about myself — who I am as a student, as an intern, and as a young adult. It was a beautiful, challenging, and transformative summer which I hope many others at SJND get to experience someday."
Fellow senior classmate Anna Victoria Serbin '17 was selected for the 2016 CHORI (Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute) summer research internship. She was one of 12 students selected from a very competitive pool of more than 1,000 applicants.
During the paid summer internship, Anna Victoria carried out a full-time stem cell research project under the supervision of a mentor at Children's Hospital of Oakland. Each intern posted about their studies in the lab, symposiums, and the experience of being an intern on a special Instagram account (see @cirm_stemcells and #cirmsparklab).
At the end of the internship, Anna Victoria presented at two symposiums, the CHORI Summer Research Symposium 2016 and the CIRM SPARK 2016 Meeting, where she received additional awards at both symposiums.
She said, "Spending my summer interning at CHORI was unforgettable. I learned so much in such a brief period of time, an experience that I will bring with me in my academic career and beyond. With my mentors Dr. Kuypers and Sandra Larkin, MS, we tested the effect of potential anti-sickling drug compounds in both normal and sickled human and mice hemoglobin to observe shifts in oxygen affinity and changes in the red blood cells. Looking back at what I learned, I can confidently say that I see myself in the science field, helping others attain better health."
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