Trainee Gonzalez receives K.C. Donnelly Externship

AndreaHuman Subjects Core trainee Andrea L. Gonzalez (Advisor: Jose Cordero) has been awarded a K.C. Donnelly Externship. She will be conducting her 12 week externship at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, with Victor De Jesus, Ph.D., the Chief of the Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. Gonzalez will work to develop an assay to detect a biological marker of inflammation in newborns using previously collected blood spot samples. She will also learn new research techniques including mass spectrometry and Luminex bioassays. The methods that she will learn at the CDC will be directly applicable to her ongoing work with PROTECT, which involves determining the environmental factors that contribute to preterm birth in Puerto Rico.

“The KC Donnelly Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to train at the CDC to learn the most cutting-edge laboratory techniques,” said Andrea. “This will prepare me better to develop a research track on environmental factors linked to preterm birth.”

Congratulations to Andrea on her achievement!