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Childhood disease wins a new researcher

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It might sound like a contradiction, but the more she learned, the less she knew. Answers leading to questions

As she took more classes, she couldn’t help but want to learn more, saying, “there’s a lot more unknown than there is known.” “The program has a direct connection with Sanford Health, so we get to work more directly with clinicians and see the clinical aspects of the research. That’s what was really interesting for me because I’m interested in medical research.

The uniqueness of the SPUR program is the reason she applied. What have you learned?

This curiosity and desire to learn more was the catalyst to her applying for the SPUR program. “The really interesting thing is that there’s always something else to learn about. And that’s the main goal of research. To figure something out that no one else knows yet,” she explained.

She’s an understudy in Dr. Lance Lee’s research lab. Dr. Lee’s program is devoted to understanding how motile cilia function and how dysfunction results in pediatric disease. She’s always had a desire to learn more, and that’s been filled throughout the SPUR program.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” she said. Team-based atmosphere Seffrood’s project is to knock down motile cilia genes and study the effect of knocked-down genes have on cilia structure.

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