Featured Alum: Hannah Shackelford, MHIRT 2007 and Biology 2008: Graduate Student Goes to China

Hannah Shackelford in China

This is from an original article written by Dr. Judith Cole and Hannah Shackelford for the Biology Newsletter at the University of Memphis. It is printed here with their permission.

Hannah Shackelford is currently working on her Master of Science degree at the University of Memphis with Dr. Kent Gartner, a long time collaborator of Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and Dr. Mary Ogilvie. Hannah went to Shanghai during the summer of 2010 and the following is a description of her trip.

During my summer in Shanghai, China in 2010, I studied at Shanghai Jao Tong University, School of Medicine in Dr Junling Liu’s laboratory. Dr. Liu was a former post-doctoral fellow of Dr. Gartner. Dr Liu’s lab is in the Department of Hematology, and he specializes in platelets. During my time in the lab, I was able to participate in many experiments including bone marrow transplantation in mice following irradiation, immunohistochemical analysis of blood vessels, and the effects of anti-thrombotic drugs on tumor metastasis. Studying in Dr Liu’s lab was a great experience. Not only was it interesting to see scientific research performed at an advanced institution, it was a unique experience to see it performed by individuals of another culture.

In addition to learning useful laboratory techniques, I was able to spend some time exploring several Chinese cities. My mother and two sisters came to visit, and we toured areas of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. We climbed The Great Wall of China, observed the Terracotta Warriors and walked through sacred areas like the Summer Palace and Forbidden City. We even had the chance to visit a typical Chinese home to see how the people live. It was surreal to stand in historical places you have seen many times in photographs or on television, and thanks to the connections at the University of Memphis I was given the opportunity to do so. It was a summer that I will never forget.