Rachelle Walter, an undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver, will be participating in the American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) this summer of 2014.
The APS funds 24 undergraduate students in this program to do research for a 10-week period over the summer. It is designed to introduce students to a scientific research career where each student works on his/her own research question in an established APS investigator laboratory. Rachelle Walter will be working in Dr. Richard Benninger’s lab at the Anschutz Medical Campus to study islet dysfunction and changes in gap junction coupling in the pancreas due to pro-inflammatory cytokines. This study is important to learn more about the early stages of development in Type I and Type II Diabetes and could potentially lead to therapeutic targets to inhibit or delay development of diabetes. In addition, Rachelle will also receive a travel grant to next year’s APS annual Experimental Biology meeting in Boston, MA in order to present her research data.
Rachelle is looking forward to this amazing experience to gain more knowledge about research and also contribute to the advancement of Medicine.