Kayla Flanders ’23 is a freshman chemical biology major and an organ donation advocate. “When talking to people about organ donation, I found there were a lot of common misconceptions. For example, it’s relatively common for high school students to believe if they’re an organ donor, paramedics would be less likely to save them in an accident,” Flanders says. “This is very false. I want to help ensure organ donation is portrayed in its true light.”
This semester, in the laboratory of her McNulty Program faculty mentor, chemistry professor Jose Cerda, Ph.D., she is researching hemeproteins, oxygen-carrying proteins found in blood and muscle. She hopes to apply this research to other research about how oxygen levels impact the success rate of organ donation transplants.
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