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Biomedical sciences student attends competitive NIAID program

Nathalie Fuentes, a third-year biomedical sciences PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine, was selected from among hundreds of students nationwide to participate in a program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) held Feb. 5 to 8 in Bethesda, Md. The institute is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fuentes participated in the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities program, which allowed her to learn about global health research currently being conducted by NIAID scientists. She was also able to interview with potential future mentors and trainees currently doing research in NIAID laboratories.

Fuentes' doctoral work focuses on sex-specific mechanisms of inflammation in asthma and allergic diseases. She works under the mentorship of Patricia Silveyra, PhD, MSc in the Department of Pediatrics.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is the second-largest Institute at NIH and is recognized worldwide for cutting-edge medical and scientific research. Its research programs aim to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of immunological, allergic and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

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