A part of BRF’s EdVentures initiatives, the BioStart Laboratory Research Internship Program provides a semester-long internship opportunity for 7 to 10 Southwood High School seniors participating in the Biotechnology Magnet Academy. Students conduct a hands-on research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor at LSU Health Shreveport.
Participants spend three hours every day for one semester, or approximately 18 weeks, working in a laboratory with their LSU Health Shreveport mentor. They are introduced to research methods and laboratory techniques, gaining lab experience that stands out as unique among their peers. Some of this year’s projects included research regarding causes behind liver cancer growth, the role of DNA instability in specialized proteins in Parkinson’s, the nutritional needs of the Arcanobacterium haemolyticum bacteria, and the effects of the TLK1 enzyme in the treatment of head and neck cancer.