Military students receive science training at OMRF

Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record

Three students from U.S. military academies have completed biomedical research summer internships at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Two students from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and one from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, participated in the foundation’s ninth annual John H. Saxon Service Academy Summer Research Program.

Oklahoma City native and Heritage Hall High School graduate Paige Miles is a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. She worked in the lab of Courtney Griffin, studying blood vessel development.

“Both of my parents are doctors in Oklahoma City, so when I heard about this opportunity I jumped at the chance to not only get experience working in medical research but also to move home for a few weeks,” said Miles. “This has been an unbelievable opportunity, and I am so fortunate have the chance to work with a great scientist like Dr. Griffin.”

Connor King, also a midshipman at the Naval Academy, investigated cell division under the guidance of researcher Roberto Pezza. The Suffolk, Virginia, native researched a protein involved in DNA recombination and its function in cell development.

U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Lionel Gumireddy studied the impact of diabetes on the heart with OMRF scientist Kenneth Humphries. Gumireddy worked on an enzyme that has been linked to diabetes.

Muskogee physician John Saxon III established the program to honor his late father, a West Point graduate and Air Force pilot.

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