Allison Welter from Farmington, Minnesota has recently featured in a short film about the Graduate Research Programme (GREP) at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her younger brother Andy is a high school senior and is diagnosed with myotubular myopathy – you can read about Andy in this issue of Our World too.
Since the age of 12 Allison knew she wanted to discover drugs and therapies to treat or cure diseases like her brother’s. Her experience includes a freshman scholarship known as the Blugold Fellowship, at University of Wisconsion-Eau Claire, a programme designed to carve out undergraduate research opportunities for students as soon as they enrol, during which she spent more than three years studying plant genome sequencing. In addition. Allison secured a summer internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she assisted in a lab that studies myotubular myopathy.
Allison says ‘Doing undergraduate research at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire helped prepare me to be more independent working here at Mayo Clinic. I felt more comfortable being an independent scientist after doing research for so long and the time in Boston allowed me to network with the amazing Harvard faculty. It was a really great experience.’
Since the film was made, Allison has moved on to her Ph.D. studies in molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics.
Read more about Allison below.