Campus: Old Westbury Major: D.O./M.S. in Neuromuscular Skeletal Sciences
Academic medicine scholar Danielle Janosevic envisions running a research lab someday. With the help of an American Society of Nephrology Scholar Grant, she is already getting a taste of her future aspirations.
"I like the fact that coming to NYIT has given me the one-on-one experience to culminate my research, clinical, and educational skills," Janosevic says.
The grant funds her study of "Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Modulation of Paracellular Permeability of Renal Epithelial Cells: Roles of SRC Family Kinases and Occludin." In other words, Janosevic will investigate kidney function by using a cell model to test how a lack of oxygen affects the organ. The six-month project pairs her with faculty mentor Kurt Amsler, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of biomedical sciences.
"This research is important because kidney diseases are growing epidemics," she says.
Janosevic became involved in this area of medicine by volunteering in Amsler's lab during her first year in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
"I developed a strong interest in basic science research and how it relates to clinical medicine," she says.
A third-grade project on a balloon angioplasty sparked Janosevic's fascination with science. She continues to explore the human heart from other angles, such as her own independent research project into how channel ion transport can induce arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.
"Medicine and research take up the majority of my time," she says. "If I'm not doing research here, I'm doing it at home."