17 Mar Alexander Gardner, START TL1 Scholar
I am a third-year doctoral student at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a member of the Scientific Teams Advancing Research Translations (START) TL1 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program. The TL1 program has allowed me to focus solely on research, develop my skills as a basic/translational scientist, and the mentoring that comes along with this process.
This opportunity has allowed me to investigate my research, determining how the Botulinum neurotoxin utilizes the hosts cellular pathways for intoxication, as well as being able to communicate this research at a higher scientific level with scientist/clinicians.
In March, I had the opportunity to travel to the Translational Science 2019 conference in Washington D.C., where I was able to communicate with scientists that are in the translational field as well as politicians. With this, I was able to practice the skill the TL1 program has provided me with to further my career.