Friday, February 16, 2024

The Office of Undergraduate Research proudly presents 2024 EURA Winner Sam Thompson 

Samantha Thompson currently studies Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as a junior at the University of Iowa. In addition, she is working toward a Spanish Minor and is busy collaborating with her mentor. Her mentor, Professor Christopher Ahern, specializes in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics while facilitating Thompson's research endeavors. 


Briefly describe your current project.

I am working to create drugs that target sodium channels in the heart. I test these drugs in cells to determine their effect and the workings of these sodium channels to understand and potentially treat cardiac arrythmias.


What do you enjoy most about research? 

I most enjoy the flexibility of research. You're able to problem solve and think on your feet, allowing you to learn a lot from experiments and take them in directions you hadn't previously considered. 


Outside of research and academics...

I enjoy hiking, baking, reading, cross-stitching, and playing tennis!


She has major plans after graduation.

I am planning to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology or a related field. 


Thank you for your contributions to our research community! 


EURA Winner Thompson