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Douglas McWilliams '12

Douglas McWilliams '12, of Sackets Harbor, NY, has returned to campus from a summer spent as a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.

McWilliams, a biochemistry major with a minor in African studies, was selected for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Each year, 90 to 100 undergraduate students from around the United States are selected for the program, allowing them to work with both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions.

Specifically, McWilliams studied a rare subset of T-cells, iNKT cells, which play an important role in modulating immune responses to microbes and pathogens. He presented his findings at a poster session and oral presentation session for faculty and students of the immunology department at the end of the fellowship.

A graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School, McWilliams is an Augsbury/North Country Scholar and a member of the Singing Saints. He has also presented research at the University's Festival of Science.

More: Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program Web site

Posted: September 2, 2010


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