RHHS grads explore Biomedical Science
Several graduates of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School have completed internships that allowed them to become more knowledgeable in their area of studies.
RHHS 2016 graduates Kayla Hasty and Myrandi Roper were paid interns this summer in the Biomedical Science Research program at South Carolina State University.
For eight weeks, Hasty served in the Biological and Physical Science Research Lab under the research program SC INBRE.
Her research was titled “Sensing Triplet Repeat DNAs with Nanoparticles”; this research was conducted to develop nanoparticles that act as sensors for Trinucleotide Repeat DNA which is the leading cause of 112 human genetic diseases. The main goal of the project was to see if the nanoparticle created could differentiate between traditional DNA and triplet repeat DNA.
This internship experience enabled Hasty to learn outside of the traditional lab setting. Hasty said “each week we completed multiple workshops and informational tours which exposed us to careers and opportunities, that are available after completing our undergraduate studies. We were also introduced to a wide variety of career fields within this spectrum of research.
Roper also completed an internship in the biomedical program. During her first semester at SCSU, Roper worked in a cancer lab and was recommended, by her academic advisor, to apply for the summer internship as well.
Her application was accepted, and she was assigned to an eight-week assignment in the food safety lab for the Biomedical Research Training Core for Undergraduate Minorities/South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence.
Roper’s area of focus was aflatoxins in corn and peanuts and how using ozone can lower the amount of aflatoxin inside the corn and peanuts. Roper said she “enjoyed learning how to conduct experiments, testing methods, and gaining experience in presenting.”