YSU junior Zane Kalik of Youngstown recently received the prestigious fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh Research and Investigation Summer Research Experience (PRISE) and will be working full-time this summer in the research laboratory of Guy Salama, professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at UP’s School of Medicine. The highly competitive fellowship was awarded to only six students.
Kalik, a double major in biology and chemistry, has spent the last two years researching and mastering the techniques of cardiac myocyte isolation and patch-clamp recording, continuing to advance the cardiac research project even after the passing of his research adviser, Carl Sims, who taught as an assistant professor of Anatomy and Physiology at YSU. From this research, Kalik wrote and presented an abstract and poster at the 55th Annual Biophysics Society Meeting in Baltimore this past fall, and he is now finishing a manuscript that will eventually be submitted to a major peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Kalik will graduate next year and plans to enter a Ph.D. or a joint M.D./Ph.D. program and continue his cardiac research.