Kristen Smith wants to explore the mystery of disease; William Hankey wants to investigate the causes of inherited colon cancer; Emily Sequin is designing a device that will detect cancer; Patrick Grierson is studying to become an academic clinician and researcher involved in both patient care and laboratory research.
These and other students at Ohio State are learning what it means to be a scientist in biomedical research.
Kristen Smith is a student in Ohio State's Integrated Biomedical Science Graduate Program, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating the causes, biological mechanisms, diagnoses and cures of human diseases.
"What attracted me to IBGP was the breadth and depth of the first-year curriculum, which offered exposure to a variety of fields within biomedical science. I was drawn to the disease-based approach of IBGP faculty, and I was confident my research would have clinical relevance and applicability."
William Hankey and Emily Sequin are students in Ohio State's HHMI Med into Grad Program, which provides additional training for pre-candidacy graduate students in basic sciences and prepares them to facilitate the sharing of information between basic scientists and clinicians.
"It was exhilarating to talk about APC and inherited colorectal cancer conditions with a clinician, and to be able to ask questions openly and receive valuable feedback so easily."
"I found my time spent in the pathology lab extremely eye-opening. My mentor made sure to relate what we were seeing on the slides back to my research, by explaining how the different disease presentations might affect the readings on the device I am designing to detect cancer."
Patrick Grierson and Bin Ni are in Ohio State's Medical Scientist Program (MSP) which provides rigorous training in both clinical medicine and basic research, leading to both the MD and PhD degrees.
"Ohio State's unique MSP curriculum offers a truly integrated experience that simultaneously immerses the student in medicine and research so that we may become effective physician scientists, bringing scientific advancements to medical practice."
"I intend to become an academic clinician and researcher with involvement in both patient care and laboratory research. The in depth, intensive and integrated medical and research training I am receiving with the OSU Medical Scientist Program is preparing me to be a productive physician scientist, capable of merging basic research and patient care."
Margaret Apiagyei is in Ohio State's Discovery Prep Program which provides an intense research experience for recent graduates from underrepresented groups in preparation for admission and success in a biomedical science doctorate program.
"The Discovery Prep program has taught me what to expect in grad school. It has also improved my critical thinking abilities and has taught me alot of different techniques used in research. I look forward to grad school and I know by the help of this program I am ready for the ups and downs that come with research."
Kara Zang and Jason Pradarelli are in Ohio State's Undergraduate Major in Biomedical Science which is a highly selective honors major for students who have a strong interest in participating in biomedical research as undergraduates. Students will have the opportunity to work in an OSUMC research lab for one to four years. The intended outcome is for students to continue on to an MD, PhD program, a combined MD/PhD program or graduate education in the health sciences.
"The Biomedical Science major has prepared me extremely well for graduate study. I have had the opportunity to learn how to find, read, and present scientific literature, and also to present my own research. Many students do not have a chance to learn these skills until the first and second year of graduate school."
"Through the core BMS classes, we are immersed in the discipline of biomedical research, and we learn the necessity, progress and applications of current strategies and methods of this research. The major opens countless doors into the field; the medical center faculty, research projects and internship opportunities available through the BMS major can prepare anyone for any type of career involving medical research."
The Grever Summer Internship is an eight-week resident shadowing experience for students in biomedical science. Students spend part of the day going on patient rounds and part in their research lab, for a work week that typically exceeds 40 hours.