BU PREP Hosts Fourth Annual End-of-Year Research Symposium
The 2021-2022 cohort of the Boston University School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (BU PREP) closed out a successful year of substantial research at the program’s fourth annual end-of-year symposium last week.
Hosted in the Instructional Building on June 3, the symposium featured 30-minute research presentations from the cohort’s four scholars:
- “Evaluating the Impact of Defective HIV Viruses on Immune System,” presented by Viviana Dominguez (Henderson Lab)
- “Elucidating the effects of Ebola virus defective genomes,” presented by Julia Huynh (Griffiths Lab)
- “Effects of aging and curcumin intervention on mitochondria in the LPFC of Rhesus Monkeys,” presented by Sheereen Abdulkabir (Luebke Lab)
- “Behavioral differences in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) model phenotypes in FVB substrains following perinatal morphine exposure,” presented by Kayla Richardson (Bryant Lab)
Between presentations, BU PREP co-directors Fadie Coleman, MA, PhD, and Andrew Henderson, PhD, spoke highly of each scholar’s success within the program.
BU PREP is a year-long preparatory program designed for recent bachelor’s degree recipients seeking entry into PhD training programs. The program offers four year-long research assistantships created to enhance personal and scientific development for members of historically underrepresented groups in biomedical sciences.
Each BU PREP scholar is paired with a BUSM faculty member, receives access to BUSM research facilities and works alongside an advising team to create a career plan for doctoral graduate school entry and continued success.