Anya Kim

Anya Kim, Undergraduate student, Biology, Spanish

Protects cells during stroke

• What is your area of research or scholarship? I investigate the immune cells of the brain, and attempt to understand mechanisms that might keep them alive during stroke.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? The immune cells of your brain, which are normally the toughest cells of the nervous system, are extremely vulnerable when a stroke ravages the brain. My research attempts to understand mechanisms which might help keep them alive, with the goal of one day using these discoveries to help treat patients and help them recover faster after stroke.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? Biology (Neurobiology Track) B.S. and Spanish B.A., May 2018
• Hometown: Indianola, Iowa
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Professor Michael Dailey
• What are your career goals? I plan to pursue a career as an MD Ph.D. and combat neurological disease by treating it in my patients and working to better understand it in my lab.

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