Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Francia Fang, who is currently a junior at Duke University, spent her 2017 summer working in the lab of NIH IRP Senior Investigator Dr. Zhengping Zhuang.
During her time at the NIH, Fang investigated how genes influence the development of brain tumors and also shadowed doctors as they met with brain cancer patients. Seeing people her own age who had brain tumors made her realize that “disease doesn’t discriminate” and amped up her drive to pursue a career helping patients.
The video above, featuring Fang, is the first in a series of profiles highlighting IRP summer interns who worked in NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) intramural labs this past summer. Look forward to more video profiles of the summer interns in the coming months.
Previously, I’d contributed to a collection of several videos for LabTV, a project designed to promote biomedical careers by producing videos featuring senior scientists, postdocs, graduate students, and others involved in scientific research and policy.
The aim with these new summer intern profiles is to encourage young people in high school and college to pursue science by showing them all the amazing work being done by students who are, much like them, young, brilliant, and interested in scientific discovery.