Researchers who opened their doors to the students were:
- William Rizzo, M.D., professor of pediatrics for UNMC and the Munroe-Meyer Institute;
- Matt Kelso, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy;
- Julie Oestreich, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy; and
- Bernice Yates, Ph.D., professor in the College of Nursing.
|Kelsie Skow was one of five UNMC High School Alliance Students who were able to work in the labs of medical center researchers this summer.|
Among the students who participated was Kelsie Skow. A graduate of the alliance and Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Skow spent six weeks in Dr. Rizzo's lab.
Dr. Rizzo studies Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome, a rare disease characterized by dry, scaly skin, developmental disabilities, stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms.
The best part of the summer, Skow said, came when she found a new mutation in one of the patient samples sent to Dr. Rizzo's lab for research analysis.
Skow went straight home from the lab that evening and told her aunt and grandmother, "Guess what I did today? I found a mutation!"