Possibilities in Science: Knowledge for the Future Conference

As a first-generation college student from a disadvantaged background, it can be challenging to pursue a post-secondary education. And even more when attempting to pursue a degree in science. In response to this disparity, Marco has teamed up with other Latham Fellows and the TRIO Upward Bound program to present an event that will expose fist-generation, minority high school students to the possibilities in science that will better prepare and equip them to pursue their educational goals as scientists. Through a series of activities ranging from hands-on genotyping demonstrations to student panels and research poster sessions, participants attain knowledge that will be invaluable as they move forward in their educational careers. The overall goal of the conference is to instill confidence in its participants, and provide knowledge that would otherwise be inaccessible.

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Marco is a junior at the University of Iowa, pursuing a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. He is currently working in Dr. Kevin Campbell’s lab in the department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. His current studies in the Campbell Lab focus on analyzing how abnormalities in the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex (DGC) in muscle membranes cause certain muscular dystrophies or dystroglycanopathies. After graduation, Marco plans to pursue a master’s degree in human physiology and eventually an MD.
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