A research job fighting the battle against ALS
Fellows used her lab experiences at North Central to qualify for a prestigious research position in the Rossoll Lab, part of the department of neuroscience at Mayo Clinic.
Fellows contributed to research directed by Dr. Wilfried Rossoll at Mayo that aims to better understand the molecular mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Fellows worked to identify which parts of the human body are affected on a molecular level by TDP-43, a protein which can cause ALS.
When Fellows worked in Rossoll’s lab, “I was treated like a colleague regardless of my age and degree,” she said. “This proved to be an amazing undergraduate research experience for an aspiring neurologist and will be a focal point for my medical school interviews.”
Fellows started conducting undergraduate research after her first year at North Central. She has worked with faculty on multiple projects in microbiology, neuroscience and organic chemistry. She said that the preparation she received as an undergraduate researcher helped her exceed what she thought was possible.
“I honestly thought I had no chance making it into such an intensely competitive program at such a major medical center, but I hope my experience can show others that if you work hard and believe in yourself, there is a world of opportunity outside of North Central.”