FUTURE in Biomedicine
“My research involves using computer models to understand biochemical systems. This summer the goal is to develop a model that helps understand the role of phosphate groups in protein structure. This is part of how your body signals for the destruction, activation, or inactivation of enzymes,” explained Moser.
“I was introduced to the program by Dr. David Speckhard
[Loras College professor of chemistry] who participated a few years ago. The opportunity to start a research collaboration was very appealing and this program is also a great opportunity for my students. A number of Loras students go on to University of Iowa for graduate or professional training, so creating stronger ties between Loras the graduate programs at UI is important to me as well,” Moser said.
Through a competitive application process, the University of Iowa selects professors from Iowa institutions that are primarily undergraduate to conduct research in their laboratories as a FUTURE fellow. The program also supports students from the undergraduate institutions to participate in the research experience.
Moser was able to coordinate the involvement of two Loras students, Jason Derby
(’16) (Cuba City, Wis.) and Alexis Hanson
(’17) (New Glarus, Wis.), to participate in the program.
“I am excited to work with the FUTURE in Biomedicine program this summer because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will be exposed to professionals in my potential field,” said Hanson. “Many people get to do research, but not many people, especially undergrad students, have the opportunity to work alongside established professionals to try to make a scientific discovery,”
According to the FUTURE program’s website, “Through the FUTURE in Biomedicine program, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is committed to:
Fostering closer research collaborations between its faculty and those of primarily undergraduate institutions throughout the state of Iowa.
Mentoring talented undergraduates who will be our next generation of physicians and biomedical scientists.
Promoting opportunities to translate biomedical discoveries and methods into educational materials used in Iowa's college classrooms.
Making its research facilities available to a statewide network of scientist-educators.”