West Windsor, N.J. – In January, two Mercer County Community College (MCCC) science students immersed themselves in a potentially career-shaping experience as research interns at Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL), a subsidiary of Genesis Biotechnology Group (GBG), based in Hamilton.
The students, Meihua Liu and Noah Ouslander, shared the findings of their work in front of a packed house of MCCC faculty members and fellow students in February. Liu studied “Trichomonas Vaginalis Population Subtyping: Using Real-time qPCR and Pyrosequencing” under the guidance of Dr. David Hilbert, MDL’s Assistant Director, while Ouslander investigated “NDM-1 Bacteria and Potential Treatment Options” under the guidance of Research Associate Terry Paulish.
According to their MDL mentors, the students did an impressive job in their ten days in the lab. “We focused each of them on a short-term project where they answered a specific question. This was not busy work. Both provided data sets that are relevant to our work,” Dr. Hilbert said.
Ouslander said the chance to apply his classroom knowledge in a lab setting and tackle a real life problem was gratifying. “It was awesome being in a real lab with all this equipment at my fingertips. I was able to accomplish a lot in two weeks, which is a testament to my mentors.”