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Congratulations to Chang-Rim Na

Chang-Rim Na
Rim in Botswana

Chang-Rim Na recently completed a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship at the Botswana Harvard Partnership in Botswana, Africa. The fellowship is a competitively selected program funded by various divisions of the NIH including Fogarty International Center and National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases among others. The fellowship is offered to a select pool of graduate-level U.S. students in the health professions as an opportunity to engage in a year-long clinical research project at highly regarded NIH-funded research centers in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

One of the strongest features of the fellowship is the emphasis on mentorship. Chang-Rim had the support of multiple mentors. Dr. Robert Schooley of UCSD served as the home-institution mentor while Dr. Max Essex of Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Harriet Okatch of University of Botswana served as the mentors on site in Botswana.

Following a month long orientation at the NIH in Bethesda, Chang-Rim rotated in Dr. Essex's lab in Harvard School of Public Health before heading out to Botswana. Chang-Rim worked on optimizing singled-genome sequencing of HIV through viral RNA purification and in-house PCR amplification protocols. She recently presented her work in the 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Fogarty fellowship opportunities can be found at: http://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/overseasfellowship/.



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