Student spotlight - Alex Clarke

February 25, 2011

Education is one of the four pillars of UNMC's mission and our students are the lifeblood of that aspect of campus life.

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Alex Clarke
In UNMC Today's Student Spotlight, we get to know some of these students, who are training to become tomorrow's health care professionals.

Today we meet Alex Clarke, a high school junior in the UNMC High School Alliance.

  • Name: Alex Clarke
  • Hometown: Bellevue
  • Year/program: High school junior in UNMC High School Alliance

What is your best memory from your time at UNMC?

One of my memories that was most exciting to me was when I gave myself an abdominal injection of sterile saline to gain an understanding of what people with Type 1 Diabetes commonly go through.

Our four brand values are leadership, commitment to excellence, working together and being a trusted resource. Pick one and tell us a time you witnessed it embodied at UNMC.

For my Biomedical Research 2 class, I work with Dr. Sam Sanderson at the Durham Research Center. There, Dr. Sanderson has demonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence in his research regarding immunologic peptides. He is currently researching a peptide called EP67, which has the potential to cause a powerful immune stimulatory response without the usual inflammation. Because of Dr. Sanderson's dedication, EP67 may be used to create vaccines for virtually any kind of disease.

List three things people may not know about you.

  • I was born nearly three months premature at two pounds and thirteen ounces.
  • As a result of being born early, I have had six operations performed -- surgeries on my eyes, leg (three times), diaphragm hernia and inguinal hernia.
  • I have been to Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Israel.

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