Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

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  • Nyrobi Barnes working in a lab

Nyrobi Barnes

I want to become a doctor because I want to change people’s lives and make discoveries in medicine. As a FUTURE Student, I was able to further develop and learn new skills that are relevant to the practice of medicine via hands-on research in the King Lab. I made connections with professors and other students who have the same career goal as me. I am thankful for the opportunities this program has opened up for me in the future.






  • MAPS Executive Board
  • UCARE Service Fellow
  • Game Day Worker


During the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jennifer King ( and my mentor Sarah Dolan ’18. Our lab is studying HAND, or HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders. Cell processes are typically maintained by phagocytic activity and the cytoskeleton. If the protein levels are altered, then it would lead to alterations in the phagocytic activity. During the summer, we cultured, revived, maintained, and isolated protein from primary and secondary microglial cells. We then studied the protein levels via Western Blot analysis. The proteins of interest were LIMK-1, CFL-1, and GAPDH. 

My Research Conferences

We have the opportunity to present our research at the 47th Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference on November 13th in Washington, D.C. This conference advances the understanding of the nervous system by bringing scientists together from various backgrounds with the intention of developing treatments or even a cure for diseases. For more information about this conference, go to

Life After Ursinus

I plan on attending medical school after I graduate from Ursinus to become a doctor and impact the lives of others.