NAME: Destiny Van
YEAR OF STUDY: 2015 – 2019
MENTOR(S): Kimberly M. Jackson, Ph.D
DEPARTMENT(S): Chemistry and Biochemistry
SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: RISE (NIH)
HONORS: Participant in Spelman College’s Annual Research Day (2017), Participant in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference (2016), Spelman College’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) START Program Symposium Award (2nd Place), Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society 2016-present, Dean’s List 2015-2016, Honor Roll 2016
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES (brief description): I conduct individual biomedical research at Spelman College 10 hours per week. My current research involves finding a potential therapy for hormone refractory prostate cancer using the Azadirachta Indica (neem) plant. I also attend one-hour modules with other Spelman RISE students twice a week.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES: Kimberly Clark Corporation (May-August 2017): my research involved improving the transfer efficacy of wet wipes by producing a bench method. Spelman College’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) START Program (June-July 2017): I conducted and designed individual research at Emory University, attended sessions with incoming freshman and rising sophomores at Spelman College, and presented individual research poster at the Research Symposium at Spelman College. Presented at the 2016
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference and 2016 Emory
University STEM Symposium.
CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: I have recently decided to become a pharmacologist because of its focus on the discovery of medicine and how it affects humans. As an aspiring pharmacologist, I have always been infatuated with researching ways to battle diseases through newly improved and developed medicine. I am striving to obtain a Ph.D in biochemistry in order to take on a career involved with chemistry and to help tackle diseases that widely impact African-Americans. Therefore, it is essential for me to gain the knowledge needed to matriculate through undergraduate and pursue a doctorate degree in graduate school.
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