Jourdan Posner

Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
651 Ilalo Street, Bioscience Building 320
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
E-mail: posnerj@hawaii.edu

Personal Statement
As an undergraduate at Beloit College, I expanded my knowledge and experience related to human molecular interactions and their resulting physiological processes as a major in Biochemistry.  I gained hands on experience with spectroscopy and chromatography techniques as well as protein immunoblotting and biostatistical testing.  I was the recipient of several awards and scholarships associated with outstanding research and professional commitment to the scientific community.  I think that the physiological consequences of tropical diseases, as well as the interactions between drugs and their elicited response from the body are fascinating.  So naturally I wanted to advance my knowledge of tropical diseases and medicine, which drove my application to the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology.

Education
Beloit College. B.S., 2012 – Biochemistry
University of Hawaii at Hawaii. M.S. candidate, 2012 – present – Tropical Medicine

Experience
2o11 – Research Assistant, Department of Biology & International Union of Biological Sciences Commission for Biological Education, Beloit College
2011-2012 – Teaching Assistant, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Beloit College
2012 – present – Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Interests and Hobbies
I am interested in improving science education in all age groups. Working with BioQUEST, a consortium implemented to support undergraduate biology education, I realized the importance of creating an engaging space for students to develop their scientific inquiries. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Publications & Presentations
Posner J
, Yang Y. (2011). Voronoi Diagrams Applied to Radiolaria Skeletons and Drosophila Embryos. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics, Knoxville, TN.

Posner J, Yang Y. (2011). Voronoi Diagrams Applied to Radiolaria Skeletons and Drosophila Embryos. Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.