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.
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