BLI Medical Student Receives Summer Fellowship from HHMI

Albert Aparicio
Albert Aparicio

Medical student Albert Aparicio has received a summer fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program Initiative for Howard University College of Medicine. The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of underrepresented medical students who pursue careers as physician-scientists. Over the summer of 2015, Albert’s project will involve designing an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe capable of imaging the neonate nasal cavity. A 3D-printed phantom will be developed as a testing dummy for the reconstructed OCT probe. Once successful imaging of the phantom nose is completed, imaging of ex vivo rabbit nares, and possibly human neonatal nose, will be performed. Albert works in Dr. Brian Wong’s lab.