Preston Anderson, Undergraduate student, Biochemistry, Human Physiology Majors
Helps patients breathe easier
• What is your area of research or scholarship? I study airway stem cell niches and the regulatory networks that control stem cell differentiation in development and following severe injury.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Tissue specific stem cell biology is one greatest frontiers of biomedical science and regenerative medicine. Furthering our understanding of airway stem cell biology will aid in the development of stem cell-based therapies for degenerative lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? CLAS 2018 Honors Biochemistry and Human Physiology Majors
• Hometown: Lakeville, MN
• Faculty mentor/advisor: John F. Engelhardt
• What are your career goals? Following graduation, I will be pursuing an MD/Ph.D at Duke University and I hope one day to have my own lab and clinical practice that focuses on both airway stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
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