FLINT TWP. — Rani Richardson, a 2014 honors graduate of Carman-Ainsworth High School, is the recipient of the 2016 AGA Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship Award, according to an announcement published last week by the American Gastroenterological Association.
Richardson, who is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, is interested in a career that involves integrating and exploring molecular and life sciences to advance modern medicine. Using the award, she plans to study the cytoskeletal intermediate filament proteins that are expressed in digestive-type epithelia, allowing her to better understand the molecular basis of GI diseases. This award has allowed Richardson to take a tremendous step in reaching her goals. She wants to practice medicine as a physician scientist, but also wants to strengthen the link between research and modern medical practices. She plans to create a career in medical research and develop more ways to make biomedical research meaningful for clinical health-care professionals, and ultimately for patients.
Thanking AGA and the AGA Research Foundation for this fellowship, Richardson said she intends to capitalize on the opportunity to the fullest extent.
This fellowship provides 10 awards at $5,000 for underrepresented minority undergraduate and medical school students to perform eight to 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases or nutrition, according to award criteria posted online. Highly qualified students will travel out of state to work with top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. The award amount includes housing, travel and a stipend.
Richardson is the daughter of Dr. Recco and Rene Richardson of Flint Township.