For Immediate Release
(Kannapolis, NC- October 29, 2014) The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis welcomed four high school and college interns this fall who are working in laboratories and administration.
UNC Charlotte freshman Brandon Furr is the first intern in the In Vitro Sciences (IVTS) Laboratory, which provides biochemistry, biology, immunology and clinical chemistry services. In IVTS, Furr is entering samples and reagents into a computerized inventory management system.
“Brandon’s resume really spoke to us,” said his supervisor Senior Research Associate Lisa Dewey. “He was a really strong student in high school, and has a really strong desire to learn about the industry. He’s doing really well and picking up everything very quickly.”
At UNC Charlotte, Furr is majoring in Chemistry. He is a 2014 honor graduate from Mt. Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina. In high school, he took pharmacy technician classes and attained his national certification as a pharmacy technician. By spending two afternoons a week at DHMRI, he hopes to gain insight into a specific career path in the pharmaceutical industry.
“I’ve always been interested in drugs and how they interact with the body,” Furr said. “Working here teaches you analytical skills, and gives you a behind the scenes look at everything that goes into research.”
Brooklyn Philips, a student in the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College biotechnology training program and a former student in the NRC’s Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), is interning with DHMRI supporting the Crown BioSciences’ team.
Matthew Borst, senior at Cannon School in Concord, NC, and Logan Barnett, senior at AL Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC, are both interning in the DHMRI administration offices.
Students interested in interning with DHMRI need to have a school guidance counselor call DHMRI Operations Assistant DeDe Dunn at 704-250-2628 for information regarding qualifications and available positions.
About the DHMRI
The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) is located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. DHMRI provides a multidisciplinary approach integrating genomics, analytical sciences, cellular sciences and bioinformatics to accelerate research and development of companies, institutions and researchers throughout the world as well as the NCRC’s university, corporate and healthcare partners. To learn more, visit http://www.dhmri.org.
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