Science Scholar involved in cancer research

On May 31st Ryne Ramaker, a University Science Scholar, began his eight week internship with the University of Alabama Medical School in Birmingham, Alabama. Little did he know that by the end of the internship his work would earn him 1st place in life sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 2010 Summer Research Expo.

Ryne worked on a study concerning the effectiveness of radio wave frequencies as a treatment for tumors with Dr. Boris Pasche, head of Hematology and Oncology at the school’s hospital and head of cancer research at the university. Different tumors are sensitive to different frequencies of radio waves. This novel treatment involves the use of low-level electromagnetic fields emitting radiation anywhere from 100 to 1000 times less than a mobile phone. it isn’t the strength of the radiation that is key, but the frequency and how it affects different types of cancer. This type of treatment has shown clinical success in Phase Two trials and is about to move to a much larger multicenter Phase Three trial.

Ryne’s days were long, starting at 6:30am and not concluding until around 7:00pm. He worked with cell cultures, human tissues, and multiple assays. He attended the internship with 10 other students from schools such as Rice, Boston University, and the University of Michigan.

When asked about his experience during the internship, Ryne said, “It was a lot of work and a great experience. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I learned and how friendly and helpful everyone at the university turned out to be. I obtained quite a bit of lab experience, advice, and was able to network a great deal. It was hard work, but I enjoyed it.” Ryne’s experience lasted until July 24th.

Ryne began the process by completing an online application and the necessary paperwork requested. Information on other internship opportunities is located in the University Science Scholars Program office in Frigourgh Hall, room 215.

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