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Involvement of Undergraduate Students in Research

Student training includes biosafety, keeping records of laboratory supplies and inventory, animal handling and usage for research, basic microbiological methods, tissue culture, basic molecular biology methods (RNA/DNA isolation, quantitative PCR, gel electrophoresis), immunoassays (ELISA) development, and maintaining data in computers. Successful establishment of standard tissue culture for Chlamydia inoculation and detection methods has elevated our capacity for educating and training students in biomedical research. After learning basic concepts of research, the students are involved in performing experiments independently. Several students have been presenting posters annually in summer research symposium, Research Day at the Capitol of WV, Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students and in the General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology.

Through the WV-INBRE and Health Science Technology Academy (HSTA) program, Bluefield has become one of the centers to train high undergraduate HSTA graduates and High School students to participate in biomedical research. Our lab has trained 9 undergraduate in biomedical research since 2007. BSC has also extended giving research training opportunities to students of Bluefield High School and other area schools.