A priceless partnership in biology

Student-faculty collaboration leads to successful careers

Student-faculty collaboration. The term is prevalent on the Gettysburg College campus – often discussed with prospective families, realized by students, and cherished by alumni.

But what’s the impact of faculty working one-on-one with students to further explore their areas of scholarly interests? Dr. Greg Crawford ’95, Kalin Vasilev ’06, and Kristin Shingler ’11 know the benefits well.

Crawford, a pediatrics professor at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, performs genomic research to understand how all of our 20,000 genes are switched on and off in different parts of the body, and in certain diseases like cancer.

Vasilev is completing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University and is working to create new technology that monitors when cells touch and move apart, providing insight into memory, diseases, and brain development.

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