Bogi Conrad

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Bogi Conrad

My first research project, in Dr. Bunz’s lab in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, dealt with the infamous p53 gene and its interactions with ATR and ATM. The results suggested that ATR inhibition might selectively kill p53-deficient tumor cells after DNA damaging therapy, thus warranting efforts to identify specific chemical inhibitors of ATR to improve therapy.

After completing this project, I became interested in Neuroscience and worked in Dr. Demas’s lab in the Neuroscience Department at St. Olaf College. In order to study the pupillary light reflex, we constructed a contraption to stimulate the eye of a mouse with varying light intensities and simulated noise while recording the area of the pupil with a high-speed camera. Following graduation, I was given the opportunity to study leprosy in India for nine months where I focused on a project that examined the possibility of leprosy transmission from soil or water to humans. Furthermore, I was able to study some of the psychological effects of the stigma and discuss possible initiatives to reduce experienced and perceived discrimination.

I am now looking forward to focusing all my attention on the stem cell and regenerative medicine field. Not only is it a longstanding interest of mine, but I believe it has the potential to revolutionize the medical field by developing a completely new set of therapies. Although I am most fascinated by tissue-level processes and applications, I have also always been interested in neural stem cells and their integration into the brain.