I will be spending seven weeks this summer researching in the community of Fodome Ahor, Ghana on water and sanitation health in order to understand community issues and work for positive public health changes. I hope to deepen my understanding of the community’s needs and develop approaches to improve conditions by using statistical and ethnographic techniques well-established in the public health discipline. I will be in the community of Fodome Ahor for 3.5 weeks beginning in mid May until the first week of June. Upon arriving home, I will spend my remaining 3.5 weeks analyzing the data collected in country.
I will be producing a small molecule library of small molecules, specifically bisacetylenes, with varying functionalities that will be tested on miRNAs with the hypothesis that they will have some effect of the regulation of miRNA’s. The misregulation of miRNAs has been attributed to the cause of various cancers and diseases; therefore, being able to fix this misregulation has become a major scientific inquiry in the world of cancer research.
This summer I will be studying abroad in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I haven’t travelled much before and I’m incredibly excited to live in a new place and explore a new culture. I also didn’t want to waste the opportunity to conduct research abroad and applied for funding to conduct my project, entitled Scaling Up Nutrition: Effectiveness in the Local Context.