(March 23, 2016)— Hagerstown Community College biotechnology student, Kelsey Shroades, recently had her research from the National Fish Health Lab published in the Conservation and Genetics Resources scientific journal.
While studying at HCC, Shroades completed an internship in 2014 at the National Fish Health Lab, USGS, in Kearneysville, W.Va. She has since continued working there part-time as a biological science technician while finishing her degree at HCC. She is scheduled to graduate this summer.
“Working there has given me essential lab skills I will use in my career,” said Shroades. “Everyone there is very helpful in answering questions and helping me with skills and techniques.”
During her internship, Shroades completed polymerase chain reactions and DNA extractions. Additionally, she assisted in the development of the genetic markers for primnoa pacifica and primnoa resedaeformis. Her research can be found in the “Development of twelve microsatellite loci in the red tree corals Primnoa resedaeformis and Primnoa pacifica,” Conservation and Genetics Resources, March 2015, Vol. 7, No. 1.
For more information about HCC’s Biotechnology Program, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/biotech. For more information about HCC’s Internship and Job Services, email Bonnie Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-500-2260.