This past summer marked the 10-year anniversary of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s BioScience Center of Excellence, and while we couldn’t celebrate and reunite exactly how we wanted to at the time, our current BioScience students and alumni have no shortage of important work to highlight.
Even as a sophomore, one of our current students was able to spend the summer working in the Marshall Hospital Laboratory at Zhengzhou University. Among other things, this lab conducts research in order to create vaccines. His work included creating solutions to reveal the sequences of protein in a specimen, extracting RNA from a patient’s tissue, and even observing the team of scientists dissect mice to test their intestine activity. After one and a half months of work, our student said, “I have a basic understanding of what a real lab looks like.”
The lab was founded in cooperation with Professor Barry Marshall, who won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the association between stomach ulcers and helicobacter pylori, a kind of bacteria.
Photo 1: Two kinds of solutions that our student created during vaccine research.
Photos 2 and 3: Solutions with extracted and separated RNA in them.
Photo 4: The removed mouse intestines stored for later study.