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Gabrielle Price Takes On Stem Cell Research

March 2017

gpriceGabrielle Price, C'2019, is an Ethel Wadell Githii Honors Program student at Spelman who is working towards a degree in biology with a concentration in health careers. The Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society member has taken exceptional leaps in biological and biomedical research.

Undergraduate Research Begins Early

When Price was a first-year biology major, she successfully presented the paper, “Computed Tomography Brain Radiation Exposure in Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrahage," at the National Association of African American Honors Programs' annual conference.

Price's paper was based on data gathered on the dosage of brain radiation from CT scans in adult patients that experienced bleeding within the brain and were admitted into the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit.

She wrote that patients should know how much radiation is used and its health implications, as excessive amounts may increase cancer risk and negatively impact lifespan. Physicians should also be more careful about how many scans they request per patient. Price is preparing her findings for publication, and aspires to attend medical school and specialize in anesthesiology. She also dreams of writing a syndicated health column to promote health literacy.

Price's Passion for Research Continues to Propel Her Forward

During the first semester of her sophomore year, Price began working as an undergraduate student researcher at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute focusing on cell cycle control in cerebellar development and medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain tumor that arises in the cerebellum.

Price is a Harvard Medical School's Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program Fellow; and most recently, she was accepted into Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP) for the summer of 2017. 

HIP provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Interns are exposed to different professional options within the scientific arena through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Students present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium.

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