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NHLBI Helps Prepare Future 'Star' Researchers

NHLBI this summer supported five students who were participating in the Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) program. MARC U*STAR, which is sponsored by NIGMS, prepares undergraduate college students for advanced training in biomedical research.

MARC U*STAR student Jennifer Johnson conducts research in an NHLBI Hematology Branch laboratory.

NHLBI has recruited MARC U*STAR students to participate in its Summer Internship Program since 1989. Each student conducts an independent research project under the supervision of a mentor in an intramural laboratory.

Mentors were Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, chief of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics; Dr. Julie Donaldson, senior scientist in the Laboratory of Cell Biology; Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the Clinical Research Program and chief of the Vascular Biology Branch; Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, head of the molecular hematopoiesis section; and Dr. Neal Young, chief of the Hematology Branch.

Shown with NHLBI director Dr. Claude Lenfant (third from r) are this summer's students (from l) Sayyed Shah of the University of the District of Columbia, Daleik Vaughn of Tuskegee University in Alabama, Robert Drummond of MorehouseCollege in Atlanta, and Jennifer Johnson and Wesley Brower, both of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.


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