• Project Title: Preserving Future Generations of Veterans

  • BASIS Advisor: Jeff Loomis

  • Internship Location: Uniformed Service, University of Health and Sciences

  • Onsite Mentor: Dr. Kevin Chung

Hundreds, if not thousands, of battlefield casualties happen on a daily basis from US soldiers alone. With soldiers deployed in hostile countries all over the world, conflict and violence are inevitable. As more Americans are impacted, we are beginning to see the adverse effects of participating in modern warfare on veterans’ health. This study is intended to evaluate the root cause of many veterans’ illnesses by using injuries as a starting point, as well as explore different recovery methods to optimize long term health. The research will be achieved using comprehensive animal testing and research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. More specifically, experiments on cell culture, qPCR, regular PCR, and Western Blot analysis will be conducted in various labs within the Department of Medicine.