CNDR’s Student Internship Program 2015: Training the Next Generation

Four students share their experience gaining hands-on laboratory skills through the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research’s Student Internship Program here at the University of Pennsylvania.

Each year, Penn’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) trains college and high school level students on a variety of skills from basic scientific research to general lab safety. Through this program, students are given the opportunity to work on real research projects under the guidance of experienced mentors and explore their interests in the field of research and medicine. They will leave this program with a foundation in basic and translational research as well as related disciplines in preparation for a future career as an independent investigator.

At the end of each summer, students give individual presentations to acknowledge their work and contributions to neurodegenerative disease research. See the student presentations below:

“Quantifying Pathology of AD” presented by Heather Kim

“Quantification of Alpha-synuclein Pathology in Fibril-Injected Mice” presented by Jonathan Tang

“RNA-Seq Analysis of a New Mouse Model of TDP-43 Proteinopathy” presented by Claudia Cheung

“Immunohistochemistry” presented by Eric Tsimberg

For more information on CNDR’s training opportunities, click here.

Misfolded Proteins: The Core Problem in Neurodegenerative Disease

John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, Director, Penn’s Institute on Aging, Penn’s Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research, and Penn’s Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center, demonstrates how misfolded proteins, the underlying problem behind neurodegenerative disease, cause disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their contribution to cell-to-cell transmission.