Bethel Park High School junior Angela Burns was selected for the second consecutive year to participate as a Summer Intern in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Summer Academy, which will be held June 16-August 4.
This summer Angela will be working with University of Pittsburgh Cancer Researchers at the Hillman Cancer Center at Shadyside Hospital, focusing on the molecular biology aspects of cancer research.
Last summer she worked in the Drug Discovery and Computational Biology Lab in Pitt’s Biomedical Science Tower, studying apoptosis and why tumors grow.
She was encouraged to apply for this internship through her participation last year in a multi-day Biology Lab exercise at Bethel Park High School, where Bethel Park High School Biology students worked alongside Pitt Cancer Researchers to extract DNA from their favorite snack foods to determine if Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) were present.
Angela enjoys participating in lab work and she especially enjoyed making new friends through last year’s Summer Internship at Pitt. Her experience last summer convinced her that she wants to make cancer research her career.
“I learned so much through my internship last summer,” said Angela. “It was exciting to work alongside the Pitt cancer researchers and I look forward to doing that again this summer.”