Tiahna Spencer, second year student at the UConn School of Medicine, returned to Connecticut after completing eight weeks of research experience at the largest biomedical research agency in the world, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Spencer’s mentor at the UConn School of Medicine, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, encouraged her to apply for the internship, which brought her to Bethesda, Maryland, at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in the lab of Dr. Mariana Kaplan, renowned researcher of systemic autoimmune diseases.
“I am convinced she will continue being a successful physician/researcher,” Laurencin wrote in his letter of recommendation to the NIH. “She has the right mix of intelligence, initiative and work ethic to make her succeed in anything.”
The full article is available in UConn Today.