“With the rapid new discoveries in molecular and cell biology, exciting new approaches to diagnose and treat diseases are being investigated, particularly in the areas of targeted approaches to treatments and personalized medicine,” said program director Mark R. Kelley, Ph.D., associate director of the Wells Center. “Working side-by-side with our scientists, our program gives science students a realistic and meaningful hands-on experience.”
IU scientists will guide students through laboratories and workstations where they will learn how gene mutations are identified, how DNA is isolated and other fundamentals of modern biomedical research. Also, Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will explain to students the role of ethics in biomedical research. Dr. Meslin will be incorporating a new computer-based interactive component to his lecture this year.
“We are excited about integrating this novel technology into our program,” said Karen E. Pollok, Ph.D., program co-director.
The Molecular Medicine in Action program is designed to get students excited about science and inspire them to pursue science-related careers. Also, MMIA organizers hope to raise awareness of areas of excellence at Riley Hospital for Children and the IU School of Medicine, and increase interaction between the medical school and Indiana’s secondary schools and teachers.
“Our goal is to share the excitement of what cutting edge, state-of-the-art science promises,” says Dr. Kelley, the Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor of Pediatrics and associate director of basic research at the Indiana University Cancer Center. “We merely loan the student participants the resources to learn – they provide the vision.”
Support for this year’s program includes funding in part from the Lilly Endowment, the Riley Children’s Foundation, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research, IU School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Pathology Multimedia Education Group, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Association of Biology Teachers and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers.
Students participating in this year’s program are:
Hena Ahmed Carmel High School Hamilton County Taiwo Ajumobi Ben Davis High School Marion County Emily Alvey Signature School Vanderburgh County Lilli Ashmore The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities Delaware County Adam Brown Terre Haute North Vigo High School Vigo County Bethany Buis Beech Grove High School Marion County Alison Burger International School of Indiana Marion County Callie Burgin New Washington High School Clark County Kelsey Bush Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Marion County Derek Camp DeKalb High School DeKalb County Quinn Carrico Scecina Memorial High School Marion County Rachel Cheeseman Harrison High School Tippecanoe County Lauren DreylingTri-West Hendricks County Christopher Ebling Floyd Central Floyd County Jarrod Felton Union County High School Union County Alexandra ForthHuntington North High School Huntington County Erin Gish Oldenburg Academy Franklin County Whitney Gray Central Noble Noble County Caitlin Hargett Rock Creek Christian Academy Clark County Elizabeth Hoaglund Zionsville Community High School Boone County Christine Hopp Warren Central Marion County Haley Inman Delta High School Delaware County Kristyn Jeffries South Spencer High School Spencer County Amanda Jones North Miami High School Miami County Mark Kalinich Lake Central Lake County Monika Knapp Perry Meridian High School Marion County Brandon Knueve New Haven Allen County Maggie Kubina Sheridan High School Hamilton County Ashley Langen Home Schooled Clark County Samantha LehmanEast Noble High School Noble County Kathryn LeonardR. Nelson Snider High School Allen County Eric McClellanSouthport High School Marion County Megan Meets Twin Lakes High School White County Allen Meyers Batesville High School Franklin County Bharathi Muthusamy Chesterton High School Porter County Cameron Owen Hamilton Southeastern High School Hamilton County Mallory Parker Southmont High School Montgomery County Parth Patel Fishers High School Hamilton County Steven Sanders Argos High School Marshall County Madeleine Schnittker Trinity School at Greenlawn St. Joseph County Zachary Sherwood Franklin Central High School Marion County Kurt Skaggs Lapel High School Madison County Sean Snodgrass Jeffersonville High School Clark County Jennifer Strasser Lafayette Jefferson High School Tippecanoe County Kendall TroeschPerry Central Perry County Benjamin UlrichPlainfield High School Hendricks County Samuel Wilhite Heritage Hills Spencer County Amanda WilliamsCastle High School Warrick County Lauren Zmirski Marian High School St. Joseph County William Zuke Highland High School Lake County