Pharmacy Research Summer Interns Return to PC
This summer, interns spent eight weeks doing faculty-mentored pharmacy and biomedical research projects that spanned from clinical to basic science. This year the program included PCSP students and pre-pharmacy students from across the US The program also expanded to include international students as well. This year, the program welcomed two international students, Carolina (“Carol”) Moracho
Vilrriales from University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Spain and David Ferreira from University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. Carol is learning how to design and synthesize puromycin analogs to be used as novel antibiotics at the laboratory of Dr. Gumina. David is working at the laboratory of Dr. Romero-Sandoval in the study of how macrophages could help in the resolution of inflammation and wound healing using a nanotechnology-based gene therapy.
This year PCSP sent two pharmacy students, Annie Bailey and Nieka Jackson, to the University of Alcala, Spain. Annie is working at the laboratory of Dr. Ramirez-Chamond and Dr. Matilde Alique in the study of the molecular mechanisms of endothelial cell senescence in chronic kidney disease conditions using molecular biology techniques. Nieka is working at the laboratory of Dr. Lopez-Garcia and Dr. Elsa Cisneros in the characterization of compounds with potential analgesic effects using molecular biology and electrophysiological
Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, Director of Research at PCSP and coordinator of the PRSI program states, “This year the PRSI program was the most competitive one since its inception in 2013. The selection of our thirteen interns was very difficult due to the high quality of all applicants. This demonstrates the relevance that the PRSI program is acquiring in our institution, other states in the country, also in our partner university in Spain (University of Alcala) and even in other countries.” He continued, “I am confident to say that this year the PRSI program has settled as the corner stone of the PCSP student research endeavors. It not only provides high caliber scientific research opportunities, but also a full time hands-on experience with a one-to-one mentor interaction. The PRSI interns participated in weekly group workshops on how to read, write, search, and interpret scientific literature, which provides them with a solid background of theory and real science. Our PRSI students also enjoy a community service activity. This summer, we volunteered 22 hours of community
service at The Hospice of Laurence County”