• 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 wounds happen to US soldiers every day. With soldiers deployed in hostile countries all over the world, conflict and violence are inevitable. One of the most common and effective ways to treat fatal battlefield wounds is using a tourniquet, which prevents the patient from bleeding out but could also cause complications. Though the method is highly effective, when the blood flow is restricted for a long period of time, harmful enzymes are released throughout the body via ischemia and rhabdomyolysis, causing harmful long term complications in essential organs. My Senior Project study will focus on the effect of the tourniquet on acute kidney injury, which is currently untreatable under battle conditions, as well as recovery methods. 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. Finally, I will also be exploring the difficulties of conducting research during COVID-19.