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Ursinus BCMB Major Wins American Physiological Society Summer Research Fellowship

Vikki Rueda-Juarez, BCMB major and member of the class of 2021, has been named as a 2019 American Physiological Society STRIDE Undergraduate Research Summer Fellow.

The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowships provide fellows with a hands-on research experience in the laboratory of an established APS member, professional development activities and an opportunity to present their research. Fellows participating in the STRIDE program are funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH whose mission areas include cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorder research.

Vikki is one of 18 students chosen from an international pool of applicants, and the only student conducting her research at a Liberal Arts College. Vikki is working in Dr. Beth Bailey’s research lab where students use a mouse model to study the heart’s response to the physiological stress of pregnancy. Vikki’s project focuses on the impact of a high-fat Western diet and resulting obesity on the cardiac response to pregnancy. Vikki is also supported by the Ursinus College Summer Fellows Program working with fellow Bailey lab member senior Jake Menzer. Vikki and Jake will present the results of their research at the Summer Fellows Symposium at Ursinus College on July 19, and Vikki will travel to Anaheim, CA in November to present her results at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).