Morgan Chapman '20 Major: Microbiology, Genetics Research Focus: Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology Years of Research Experience: 2 Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Cannon MD Ph.D , Dr. Candice Brinkmeyer-Langford Ph.D email@example.com Organizations & Programs: Corps of Cadets, American Medical Students Association, Cannon Lab, Langford Lab Activities: Ice hockey, rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, mountain biking, hiking, fishing (but not ice fishing), cross country skiing, downhill skiing, reading, photography, research, traveling. Awards & Distinctions: Fuller Scholar Experience with: Materials Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, animal trials, project design, bacterial efficacy trials, international medical experience, clinical research When I am not busy in the lab or reading papers for my research projects, you might find me climbing, reading books, spending time with the Corps, studying, and every once in a while; sleeping. I currently spend most of my time involved with research in the Cannon lab where I am working on my dermal surgical suture, a project I recently started with the goal of reducing surgical site infections and improving comfort of wounds. Being from Alaska, almost all of my hobbies involve being outside, whether it's sliding down an ice field with an ice axe, swimming in the glacial lakes, or skiing in 12 feet of snow, you can always find me enjoying the cold. Growing up outside and being constantly surrounded by nature were huge factors in my decision to pursue microbiology and genetics, but the biggest influence was my curiosity. I love to ask questions. In all of my notebooks for class, there is often more questions than there are actual notes. This desire to learn, for the sake of learning, is what inspired me to do research. When I come into the lab, I feel like a kid in a candy store, except instead of a lollipop and twizzlers, there's an 18,000 volt battery and blood agar, yum! I got involved in research my freshmen year where I started on a Nursing research project examining the use of different wavelengths of light for identifying deep tissue bruises. Since then I have become active in two more labs, the Cannon lab and the Langford lab. In the Cannon lab, I am currently working on an electrospun scaffold with analgesic and antibiotic capabilities. In the Langford lab, I am currently studying how a particular neurological virus is disrupting specific biochemical pathways leading to symptoms such as paralysis. While being at Texas A&M I have also had the opportunity to have a very interesting freshman year in the Corps, travel to Tanzania to be a medical volunteer and study tropical disease, travel to Australia to study economics, politics, government, and international relations, become an Undergraduate Research Ambassador, and even meet Ms. Rev a time or two. Currently I am pursuing two bachelor's degrees simultaneously in Genetics and Microbiology with the hopes of minoring in Bioinformatics and Mathematics. Upon graduation I am planning on pursuing entrance to an MD/PhD program where I can study cellular biology and develop more personalized medical treatments to patients based on their genetic background as well as developing a more fundamental understanding about the workings of the cell.