Estonian intern, Kelli Somelar, has fulfilled her internship at the Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. While immersed in this interdisciplinary research team involved in novel drug discovery for Alzheimer's Disease, Kelli has been trained on the etiology and biological mechanism of Alzheimer's disease, and has been researching the characterization of drug compounds identified by the neuro-drug discovery team of the Chao Center for BRAIN. Kelli was under the direct supervision of Dr. Stephen Wong, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering Department. The new skills that Kelli has gained throughout her internship include characterization of small molecule compounds, animal behavior testing of neurodegeneration, as well as the utilization of tools and databases for these area of research.
Kelli comments about her internship experience: "I am very grateful and happy for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful program. I gained a lot of professional knowledge, life experience, friends and contacts who work in the medical field. It was definitely useful and very motivating for my future career. The Texas Medical Center, Houston and United States was an enriching environment for growing as a professional and a person."