CRESAPTOWN — McDaniel College senior Jade Enright of Cresaptown conducted summer research at Yale University after being named an Amgen scholar.

A molecular biology major with a minor in chemistry, Enright was selected by Yale University professors to assist in their summer research. She was among 7% of some 5,000 applicants accepted into the Yale Biomed Amgen Scholars Program.

Working in a graduate molecular biology lab overseen by a Yale professor, her research project focused on what is necessary for proper formation of Cajal bodies, areas within the nucleus of a cell where small RNA is processed into protein.

Enright spent nine weeks at Yale University School of Medicine.

“My research will contribute to a paper the lab researchers are working on, and it’s so exciting as an undergrad to be published on a paper like this,” Enright said.

While Enright hopes to become a small college professor, she wants to conduct research in the industry first, focusing on RNA therapeutics and finding ways to sequester RNAs in diseases from being translated into proteins, which prevents them from carrying out their job. Enright has written a paper at McDaniel about using a particular RNA for Alzheimer’s therapy.

The Yale Biomed Amgen Scholars Program aims to give applicants interested in biomedical careers a nine-week summer research experience at Yale University School of Medicine with the support of faculty and peer mentoring.

For more information, visit https://amgenscholars.com/university/yale-university/

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