UF undergraduate student Saba Khan ’23 has been selected for the University Scholars Program for the College of Medicine and will conduct a full research project under the mentorship of Sylvain Doré, Ph.D., FAHA, professor of anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and neuroscience.
Saba will begin her research during the summer 2022 term and continue through spring 2023. The program is open to undergraduate students who identify a faculty member in the College of Medicine with whom they are interested in conducting research before applying. Only 200 students from all disciplines are selected to participate in the competitive program, which includes a stipend for the student and a faculty mentor award.
Saba reached out to Doré because her research interests on tPA combinational therapy are aligned with his work.
“Although tPA is considered the first and only approved pharmaceutical treatment for treating cases of acute ischemic stroke, tPA is used for only a small fraction of these patients,” she said. “tPA combinational therapy has been shown to extend the timeframe in which it can be used. My research will serve to shed light on recent research regarding combinational therapy and, in turn, spark further research into these areas for clinical use.”
Saba said she is looking forward to the opportunities that the University Scholars Program offers.
“I am excited about commencing research on my own research topic, getting greater one-on-one time and mentorship from my supervisor, and getting the opportunity to present my research and potentially coauthor a paper for publication in the future,” she said.
The goal of the Doré laboratory is to discover new mechanisms that limit neuronal dysfunction associated with stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer disease, aging, and other neurological disorders.