Samantha Thompson

OUR Ambassador

I’m currently an undergraduate researcher in the Ahern Lab in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, which studies voltage gated ion channels. I work with synthesizing peptides including synthetic amino acids for potential pharmaceutical applications. I previously worked in the Fisher Lab in the department of Neuroscience & Pharmacology. There, I studied the role of the RGS6 protein in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's disease.

Getting involved in research has been a great way to expand my knowledge outside of the classroom and critical thinking skills. It’s helped me make connections with people in a variety of fields who can offer great advice about a career in research! Participating in OUR has also helped me get involved on campus and meet many amazing people.

Besides research, I’m involved in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club and the Cross Stitching & Embroidery Club. I also love baking, hiking, and playing tennis!