Former MDI Biological Laboratory research assistant Santina Snow is featured in this video on the value of mentorship, which aired at the 7th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE), held June 24 through 26 in Washington, D.C. The NISBRE is a national scientific meeting that showcases the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
The IDeA program trains biomedical scientists and develops scientific centers of excellence in IDeA eligible states such as Maine.
The MDI Biological Laboratory participates in the IDeA program through the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) programs.
The INBRE program is a collaborative network of Maine education and research institutions led by the MDI Biological Laboratory and sponsored by the NIGMS. Snow participated in INBRE courses and a summer fellowship at her home institution and at the MDI Biological Laboratory, where she joined the staff after graduation.
Snow studied the genetic and molecular pathways that govern aging with MDI Biological Laboratory scientist, Aric Rogers, Ph.D., who is featured in the video as Snow’s mentor.
Snow said the INBRE program prepared her for a job as a research assistant, a position in which the opportunity to build upon those skills under the COBRE program prepared her for graduate study in the fall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she will pursue a doctorate in cancer biology.