Sarah Seron Awarded the NEACSM 2020 Undergraduate Research Experience Grant

Sarah Seron, a pre-health student and Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College, was awarded the NEACSM (New England regional chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine) 2020 Undergraduate Research Experience Grant. The grant is awarded to highlight professional and academic excellence in undergraduate students attending non-R1 institutions in the New England states.

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The health of the inside of the blood vessels can provide important information about CVD risk. Endothelial Microparticles (EMPs) are fragments of the inside of the blood vessel wall that may help us identify women who may be at higher risk, or how various therapies may reduce CVD risk in women (see figure below).

Art by: Justine Wagaman

Sarah’s research involves improving the evaluation of EMPs with Imaging Flow Cytometry, a method of analysis that may provide a better way to measure EMP compared with traditional flow cytometry. Sarah’s aims are to develop the protocol for EMP evaluation with Imaging Flow Cytometry and compare the two methods. 

Sarah’s work with this grant will facilitate our lab’s research on midlife women’s health. Midlife is a time for women where the risk for CVD increases dramatically. The ability to monitor blood vessel health during this time will help us understand the best ways to mitigate the increase in CVD risk for women.  Her research is paving the way toward a greater understanding of EMPs by creating an improved technique for looking at these fascinating microparticles. 

We are very proud of Sarah’s accomplishment. Congratulations!