Congratulations to Emily Hudson (rising CANR senior), who recently completed the INBRE Summer Scholars program in the Killian Lab. Emily’s project focused on identifying the role of FGF ligands and Scleraxis-lineage cells in brain development and adult motor function. Her project utilized novel genetically modified mouse models, histological techniques, micro-computed tomography, molecular assays, and behavioral tests to identify how targeted FGF deletion alters the brain structure, function, and biology during postnatal growth. Emily’s work was submitted as an abstract to the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Annual Meeting as an Undergraduate Research Abstract, and she will continue her work in the Killian lab this fall.
Emily was selected as one of 53 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars, and was one of 20 students from UD that participated in the program. The Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program (DISSP) is an undergraduate summer research program sponsored through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through funding to the Delaware INBRE program. In a partnership with six state institutions, including Christiana Care Health System, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, the University of Delaware and Wesley College, selected undergraduate students are able to carry out independent research projects while studying full-time under a mentor to gain knowledge of research techniques and making unique scholarly or original impacts to the biomedical sciences. For more information about Delaware INBRE, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.