Danielle Lohman, Biotechnology Training Program Trainee
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Danielle Lohman, Biotechnology Training Program Trainee

I’m Danielle Lohman and I’m a fourth year
graduate student I’m studying biochemistry and I work in Dave Pagliarini’s lab and my
research is funded by both the National Science Foundation and by National Institutes of Health
Biotechnology Training Program which is a training program that let’s you interact with
a multidisciplinary team of scientists and lets you do an internship So there were really
probably two reasons that I chose to come to Wisconsin and to be part of the Biotechnology
Training Program I think the first is diversity of thought so the Biotechnology Training Program
has scientists from all over I mean we have biochemistry people we have medical physics
we have biomedical engineering you name it and in all of those different fields we each
kind of think about problems in a different way so we chose different problems to work
on and we have different ways to solve those problems ways to test them and then once we
actually have a solution we apply it in different ways so I liked having that diversity of being
able to learn from all of my other BTP fellows the second reason why I chose to be part of
the BTP program is probably the fact that it offers an internship opportunity so I love
doing research in an academic lab but I think sometimes it’s hard to get out of the university
when you’re an academic and even harder for a scientist to get outside of the laboratory
and so I kind of saw the internship as a way for me to get my foot in the door with something
else so I chose to do an internship at a start up company at a nonprofit organization they’re
based in Washington, D.C. and they’re called Health Security Partners and the mission of
the company is really to help solve global health security challenges so these could
be things like preventing the spread of infectious disease like ebola this could be slowing down
anti microbial resistance it could be preventing bioterrorism so really there’s a lot of challenges
that we face in our lifetimes and a lot of them have a lot to do with science steeped
in science and we need scientific solutions so the Pagliarini Lab is really at the beginnings
of discovery so we do basic science research so we’re at the level where we’re really just
trying to understand how biology works and specifically we’re interested in the mitochondria
the powerhouse of the cell and one of the it’s hard to choose which protein you’re going
to study so one of the ways that our laboratory chooses is we choose proteins that are connected
to human disease so a lot of these proteins we know have ties to human disease and it’d
be nice to know what they are doing and then these patients may have a chance of having
treatments that work one of the biggest benefits of the internship experience that I brought
back with me into the laboratory is thinking about science beyond just the experiment that
I’m setting up that day or tomorrow or the next week and to think about how the research
that I’m doing might impact you know the world and outside of the laboratory and then thinking
even more broad than that how science in general can impact the world

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