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Parasites and Braces
Kellie Soafer has gone above
and beyond in pursuing her love of biology and dream of becoming a dentist.
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Kellie Soafer has gone above and beyond in pursuing her love of biology and dream of becoming a dentist.
In addition to attending classes at Berry College, Kellie works for Foundation Orthodontics in Rome, Ga., serves as a biology research assistant for Associate Biology Professor Christopher Hall and earned the Kirbo research grant for 2016.
As a freshman, Kellie didn’t waste any time telling her professor about her love for biology. Dr. Hall hired her as soon as he knew how dedicated she was to his research lab’s focus: Trypanosoma cruzi.
“T. cruzi is a protozoan parasite that leads to Chagas disease via the vector of a kissing bug. An estimated eight million people in Latin America are infected and most are unaware!” Kellie explains. “T. cruzi’s fascinating life cycle and incognito ability has inspired me to apply my biology major to learning more about this
parasite in order to present my findings to the scientific community.”
Most recently Kellie was awarded the Kirbo Scholarship to fund a new research project this semester. It will take the work that Dr. Hall’s student workers did last summer in collaboration with the CDC to capture and harvest rodents on the Berry College
campus and test the samples for T. cruzi to determine the prevalence of the parasite. Kellie has also earned the Richards Undergraduate Research Grant to support a vaccine study.
“Working for Dr. Hall and being able to do my own research has given me the confidence to apply for dental school,” Kellie says.
Through her job at Foundation Orthodontics, Kellie has gotten more than her fair share of hands-on experience with patients. “Observing the patient- doctor relationship, marketing, insurance, lab work and the overall journey of watching individuals start from
day one to the day they get their braces off has inspired me to pursue a career in the dental field” she says.
This past November, Kellie was invited to present research at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest dental meeting in the United States. She collaborated with a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dental School.
Kellie has taken full advantage of Berry’s work program to further her education.
“I want to truly make use of Berry's student work program to help prepare me for my future- and boy I am doing just that,” she said.
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Alexi Bell