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Tifanie Vansach (foreground) in the lab with Professor David Horgen, Ph.D., circa 2005.

Photo by Gary Hofheimer

Influenced by Undergraduate Research Opportunities

As an undergraduate, I had the fortuitous opportunity to work in Professor of Chemistry David Horgen’s lab, supporting his National Institutes of Health IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant. This research has always intrigued me, as it has potential applications in the treatment of diseases like diabetes and stroke.

What began as a federal work study position developed into a four-year experience that has prepared me well for my academic and career objectives. At HPU, I excelled in lab classes, because I was familiar with the equipment or previously performed the experiments. I also had the privilege of participating in professional scientific meetings, which allowed me to understand the importance of networking in the scientific community. When applying for graduate school, I believe my research experience made me standout against the other candidates. I am now in a Ph.D. program at Florida Atlantic University, and the skill set I learned through INBRE research has been the basis for my current thesis research.

I remain in contact with Professor Horgen — co-publishing papers with him and other researchers. Shortly, we will submit another manuscript on marine natural products research, and I hope to continue this research collaboration.

Tifanie Vansach
(BS Marine Biology ’08)

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