I am extremely honored to be selected for the 2013 AGA Student Research Fellowship Award. My ultimate goal is to become a physician-scientist conducting biomedical research in digestive and liver diseases, and this prestigious award will allow me to continue my development towards this goal.
In the summer of 2012, I interned as a biomedical researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Katz in the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania through the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP). The support provided by the 2013 AGA Student Research Fellowship Award will allow me to return to Dr. Katz’s laboratory in the summer of 2013 in order to expand my abilities as a biomedical researcher. I will have the opportunity to learn from the numerous conferences and seminars of the USSP and within the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases and to enhance my preparation for medical school/graduate school programs.
I look forward to continuing my work in delineating the role of epithelial IKKβ/NFκB signaling in the local esophageal microenvironment and in epithelial-stromal interactions in the esophagus. I am excited to start working with 3D organotypic cell culture in order to identify secreted factors responsible for changes in blood vessel integrity seen in our L2/Cre;IKKβL/L knockout mice. This invaluable research opportunity is made possible due to this generous AGA award, and I am tremendously appreciative for this award and this opportunity.