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Genetics research connects students with alumni

| Gary Johnson

Photo caption: Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, a UW-Eau Claire associate professor of biology, works in a Phillips Hall laboratory with students Kati Sadowska, center, and Caterra Leavens.

As previously featured in the 2021 Blugold View online alumni magazine, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student researchers are getting a glimpse of their potential futures as scientists and medical leaders through a collaborative research project that connects them with alumni working in the field of human genetics.

In the genetics research lab of Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, associate professor of biology, students examine various genetic disorders of unknown cause to determine if patient DNA may play a role. Blugold alumni working at Marshfield-based PreventionGenetics and Mayo Clinic Health System are key partners in the project. 

“It is really exciting to be working with alumni from UWEC,” Lyman Gingerich says. “My undergraduate students have commented that they appreciate seeing where alumni go and what they do with their degrees.”

Read the full story in the Blugold View online to learn more about how UW-Eau Claire's collaborations with Mayo Clinic Health System and regional health science labs are not only providing one-of-a-kind undergraduate research opportunities for students but also making a real difference in the lives of patients.