- Mar 31 Inaugural Lecture of Thomas Halverson, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
- Apr 2 Discussion: Greece in Turmoil
- Apr 11 Macalester Concert Choir and Highland Camerata
- Apr 12 Chopin Society presents pianist Yevgeny Sudbin
- Apr 12 Wind Ensemble Concert
- Apr 14 Global Citizens Celebration
- Apr 17 Chamber Ensemble Concert
- Apr 19 Early Music Ensemble Concert
- Apr 24 Spring Dance Concert
- Apr 26 Pipe Band Concert
“Seeing patients who could benefit from our pulmonary research was extremely motivating.”
I experienced the world of biomedical research while exploring the clinical side of medicine, thanks to Macalester’s Academic Health Sciences Summer Research Program (AHSSRP). My mentor was Peter Bitterman, a physician-scientist at the University of Minnesota with an active research lab.
Dr. Bitterman’s research is on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a disease characterized by the thickening of a patient’s airways. There is no known cause or cure, and roughly 40,000 patients die of this disease each year in the U.S.
In seeking to discover the cause of this disease, I studied the effect of the lungs’ extracellular matrix on cellular proliferation in IPF. We received post-surgical lung tissue samples from patients, which I learned how to decellularize and culture. Although much more research is needed, I hope that my work will help inform those future projects.
I loved how AHSSRP balanced research with clinical experiences. Dr. Bitterman is a practicing pulmonologist, and once a week I shadowed him in his clinic. Seeing patients who could benefit from our research was extremely motivating. Through connections within the program I also arranged to shadow doctors in other specialties, experiences that have helped inform my career decisions.
I was lucky to find AHSSRP, like so many other opportunities, through my Macalester professors. When I couldn’t decide between a clinical and a research job this summer, my advisor suggested this program that blended the two. I’m so fortunate for having had this opportunity.