Faith Blum takes her research experience to the Medical College of Wisconsin

Faith Blum, chemistry ’08, has always been interested in science. The daughter of a medical technologist, she knew she wanted to major in chemistry.  However, she needed to decide if research was the path she should take.

Before attending WLC, she contacted Dr. Dan Ebeling, assistant professor of chemistry, and showed interest in research. Through a research project analyzing soil samples, she discovered her love for experimentation.

“All the professors are friendly and willing to help,” says Blum. “That makes learning fun.”

This year, she applied for a summer research program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and she was accepted. Blum will be assisting Vaughn Jackson of the Bio-Chemistry Department, researching the interactions of histones and DNA.  Blum is one of only 40 students chosen to participate based on an online application, personal statement, grades and references. She will be the only student working on this particular project.

This program will give her more hands-on experience. She will be making modifications to different histones by seeing how they react under stress, running gels and isolating proteins for examination. 

The experience Blum has gained through these hands-on experiments has not only pushed her in the right direction, but has helped her plan for the future.