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<p>INDIANAPOLIS — Fifty of Indiana&#8217;s top high school students will gain special insights into the worlds of science, medicine and genetics and have a special celebration during the 10th anniversary Molecular Medicine In Action (MMIA) program at the Indiana University School of Medicine March 1 and 2.</p>

Molecular Medicine In Action Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary – Offering Unique Hands-On Research Opportunity for Indiana High School Students

The two-day program provides select students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top researchers in the labs of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. Special guests and former MMIA participants will return this year to share with students how MMIA helped steer them onto their research career paths.

“This conference introduces the students to incredible new knowledge that is rapidly becoming accessible from the recent advances in biomedicine and the quickening pace of scientific discovery,” said program director Mark R. Kelley, Ph.D., Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research and associate director of the Wells Center. “We are celebrating 10 years of success. Nearly 500 Indiana high school students now have shared the excitement of what genetic science promises –both for understanding and developing treatments as well as cures of complex diseases.”

IU scientists will guide students through laboratories and workstations where they will learn how gene mutations are identified, how DNA is isolated, how to use the latest microscopic imaging techniques 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 incorporates a computer-based interactive component to his lecture. “We are excited about integrating this novel technology into our lectures and research modules,” commented, Karen E. Pollok, Ph.D, Wells MMIA program co-director.

The Molecular Medicine In Action program seeks to get students excited about science and inspire them to pursue careers inthe field. 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.
Support for this year’s program includes funding in part from the Riley Children’s Foundation,Lilly Endowment Inc., Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, and IU School of Medicine.

Students participating in this year’s MMIA program are:


Name High School County
Anna Allen LaPorte High School LaPorte
Emilie Betz Knox High School Starke
Holly Krohn Winamac Community High School Pulaski
David Mejia South Newton High Newton
Morgan Mrotek Washington Twp. High School Porter
Mary Surma North Judson-San Pierre High School Starke
Hannah Amor LaVille Jr-Sr High School Saint Joseph
Ashli Carlson Fairfield Jr. Sr. High School Elkhart
Tenley Catron Frankfort Senior High School Clinton
Adam Davis Argos Jr./Sr. High School Marshall
Catherine Gordon Peru High School Miami
Brittany Halsey Plymouth High School Marshall
Derik Taylor North Miami Jr./Sr. High School Miami
Matthew Bower East Noble High School Noble
Brandy Buchanan Central Noble High School Noble
Brittany Croy Bishop Luers High School Allen
Allison Hamm Leo Jr/Sr High School East Allen
Hilary Harris Marion High School Grant
Lindsey Hodgen Prairie Heights High School Lagrange
Alexis Kaiser Eastside Junior-Senior High School De Kalb
Cassie Summers New Haven High School Allen
Christina Taylor Norwell High School Wells
Shelby Wells Madison-Grant High School Grant
Sidney Fletcher Zionsville Community High School Boone
Emily Johnson Bethesda Christian School Hendricks
Sarah Kelsey Crawfordsville High School Montgomery
Aric King Rockville Jr./Sr. High School Parke
Sarah McClure Cascade Senior High School Hendricks
Jessica Stanfield Riverton Parke High School Parke
Lauren Wyatt Mooresville High School Morgan
Stephanie Demic Warren Central High School Marion
Shea Ratliff Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Marion
Ovini Rodrigo Park Tudor School Marion
Rachel Salmon Cardinal Ritter High School Marion
Theresa Schott Cathedral High School Marion
Cole Shane Lawrence North High School Marion
Marissa Ault Elwood Community High School Madison
Jennifer Campi Hamilton Southeastern High School Hamilton
Lea Chhiba Lapel High School Madison County
Regan Delph Westfield High School Hamilton
Katherine Hill Carmel High School Hamilton
Caitlyn Frye Eastern Greene High School Greene
Kelsey Lipking Boonville High School Warrick
Jenica Ringo Linton Stockton High School Green
Kolin Rubel Signature School Vanderburg
Emma Burgin New Washington Middle/High School Clark
Andi Corya Jennings County High School Jennings
Michael Grassmyer Salem High School Washington
Abby Neuman Rushville Consolidated High School Rush
Jordan  Parrett Connersville High School Fayette