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Ryan Hoffman on his LSU Health Sciences Center Summer Research Internship

Students can start effecting change in their community by looking for opportunities in their own backyard. Biological sciences senior Ryan Hoffman has spent his last few weeks doing just that.

For his summer experience, Hoffman has spent the last 8 weeks in the LSU Health Sciences Center Summer Research Internship. He conducted research under Dr. Patricia Molina M.D. Ph.D, Head of the Department of physiology and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence.

“This internship was a fantastic way to spend the summer and I was able to network with faculty at LSUHSC,” he said. “I would highly recommend this summer program to other LSU Honors college students.”

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Hoffman spent his days studying the interactive effects of HIV infection, Chronic Binge Alcohol consumption and antiretroviral therapy on adipose tissue phenotype in non-

human primates. The program also included weekly seminars covering a range of topics from ethics in research to professional development.

At the conclusion of the program last Thursday he presented his poster “The Effects of Chronic Binge Alcohol on Adipose Tissue Phenotype in SIV Infected Female Rhesus Macaques” and won first place in the undergraduate poster competition.