Joel Johnson (2014) is a Biology major on a Pre-Med track from Wynne, Arkansas. At ENC, Joel is a Resident Assistant (RA) in Shields-Memorial, he keeps the scorebook for the Women’s Volleyball team, and works in the Department of Biology and Chemistry as a Lab Assistant, Stockroom assistant, and is the president of Shrader Club (the science club).
Through connections from ENC, Johnson found an ongoing internship that he began this past summer. As a research assistant at the Dr. Frank LoGerfo Vascular Surgery Research Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Johnson has been working on several medical research projects.
One of the projects researches the effects of neuropeptides on diabetic wound healing to determine ways to intervene in ischemia and peripheral neuropathy in diabetics. Using the western-blot protocol and immuno-staining, Johnson tests wounded skin samples of diabetics for the presence of proteins and enzymes that have a severe effect on angiogenesis.
Johnson is looking forward to continuing research, and going to medical school, to become a surgeon. “I am really grateful for the whole experience, and I look forward to going to the lab every day.”
Johnson encourages other students interested in research by saying, “Bother people… try to make connections, [and] don’t be afraid to show interest in someone’s research.”