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Marshall student participates in fellowship medical research lab

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University student Lyndsey Brown, a senior majoring in forensic chemistry, completed her second summer in a fellowship at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, an international cardiac research institute in Utica, N.Y.

Brown said she worked in the Molecular Genetics department both years with Yuesheng Wu as her mentor. Her task was screening patients with a cardiac arrhythmia called Brugada Syndrome to identify any variations in the genes that she was assigned.

"Participating in the summer fellowship program has been an incredible experience that I will never forget," Brown said. "It was amazing to have the opportunity to be involved with some of the ground-breaking research being conducted there. The knowledge I gained will not only be beneficial as I complete my studies at Marshall but as I go on to graduate school and my career."

The process begins with a patient's blood being sent to the lab where the DNA is then extracted. Brown's work involved amplifying the DNA, performing a series of reactions to prepare the sample for sequencing, sequencing the DNA in a machine that uses a laser to activate a fluorescent tag added to the DNA sample and analyzing the sequences to look for variations.