Bridging the gap between students and scientists| Blog| Sanford PROMISE

BRI Day 2022-2023 features the Lee Lab. The principal investigator, Lance Lee Ph.D., worked for Sanford Research for twelve years. The objective of his laboratory is to study the mechanisms of mobile cilia. Specifically, he studies a rare disease called primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). This rare disease causes chronic lung infections and affects sperm motility. During this year’s BRI day, students have the opportunity to study the effects of PCD on sperm.

Harrisburg High School teacher Angela Wachal brought her class to the first BRI day of the year. His students had a lot of fun learning about eyelashes and working closely with scientists.

“My students and I had the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields. Dr. Lee and Casey McKenzie gave us first-hand insight into the world of research and the career opportunities available to those interested. to science.” Angela Wachal, biology teacher

BRI Day is mutually beneficial for scientists at Sanford Research. A crucial skill that scientists need is the ability to communicate their research to the public. BRI Day gives researchers the opportunity to connect with curious teens and demonstrate the work being done by their lab.

“Seeing high school students get excited about research is a joy, especially seeing their eyes light up and having their questions answered about rare diseases and how and why we study Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) in the lab. Research is imperative to develop treatments and cures for devastating diseases, but inspiring the next generation of scientists is one of the most important things we do.” Lance Lee, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

During the day, Casey McKenzie stopped by to do a survey with some students. Casey is a research specialist at Lee’s lab who enjoys talking to visitors and students.

“I love learning how to do hands-on lessons with students. Giving them that moment of discovery when they see something in person is priceless. I constantly remind myself of how cool my job is by responding to questions from students. I hope this experience will open someone’s eyes to a future career they may not have considered before.” Casey McKenzie, Research Specialist

The Biomedical Research Inquiry Day gives students a better understanding of what goes on in scientific research and helps spark interest in pursuing a career in science. This opportunity is open to all students in grades 10-12 and there is no cost to attend. Registration is mandatory.

The objectives of the BRI day are to:

Connecting students to scientists

Provide a hands-on and immersive experience

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