Bluffton student interns with National Institutes of Health branch

BLUFFTON — Last summer, a Bluffton University student spent his time researching cancer in Rockville, Md., with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Dean Walter, a biology and pre-medicine major, interned with the newest branch of the National Institutes of Health, which focused on reducing the time and costs of getting new treatments to patients, according to news release.

Walter’s primary focus was on new field of epigenetic modifications or alterations of gene functions, which are genetic but are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence.

By the end of the research he and his group achieved some results which they passed on to collaborators for future testing. He admits that his education at Bluffton prepared him for the work he did during his research.

“My upper-level biology courses taught by Dr. Angela Montel really did prepare me in terms of the content with which my research was involved,” Walter said.

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