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   April, 2011

Stephanie Rolsma, Graduate Student
Medical Scientist Training Program
Dr. Dara Frank Laboratory

Degree - B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Joined MCW in August, 2007

What brought you to MCW?
I came to MCW because of its excellent Medical Scientist Training Program and strong research focus in pathogenesis and infectious disease.

What are you working on now?
I am currently in my second year of graduate school.  My project is to develop immunotherapies to treat Pseudomonas lung infections.  I am using the Type III secretion system protein PcrV as a platform to insert additional epitopes to create a vaccine that targets Type III secretion and adherence.

Favorite thing about your position?
I like being able to constantly challenge myself and have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of techniques from molecular biology to mouse work. My work keeps me very busy and keeps me from being bored!

Hobbies and outside of work interests?
I love any kind of cooking and baking.  I also have 2 very active one-year old cats that always keep  me entertained.

Interesting "Fun Fact"?
I love to travel to new and interesting places.  So far, I've visited 40 states and 4 continents, including Antarctica. 

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