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Eastern Tech student conducts research

Eastern Tech student conducts research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Posted on 10/30/2019
ET Senior, Thinzar Htwe

During the summer of 2019, Eastern Tech Senior Thinzar Htwe participated in a paid internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Htwe, who maintains a 3.96 GPA, worked alongside qualified doctors and other interns where she conducted research regarding complex cell bio-mechanics, biophysics, and genetic engineering. She says the task of her study group was to “detect the role and function of discoidin in order to uncover mutating phenotypes such as growth defects and mal- nucleation.” Regarding her research opportunity at Johns Hopkins, Htwe, an aspiring Physician-Scientist, says, “a lot of the [material] taught there was very similar to what I’ve learned in Allied Health at Eastern Tech.” Htwe recognizes the correlation between her internship experience and her work with Eastern Tech’s Allied Health Program expressing gratitude for her teachers, saying, “Everything [Ms. Magladry and Mr. Whittaker] say is actually the real deal.” She says her work in this medical internship program has greatly influenced her decision to pursue a medical career and inspired her to live up to the esteem of the multiple doctors she shadowed during her time at Johns Hopkins.

While Htwe is certainly focused on a future career in science and/or medicine, she has also committed herself to participating in extra-curricular activities that will contribute to her becoming a well-rounded student leader. She serves as the National Honor Society Vice President, Key Club Vice President, and is enrolled in the Allied Health Program at Eastern Technical High School. Htwe holds multiple certifications, including The American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS CPR Certification, American Heart Association First Aid CPR Certification, and the CareerSafe OSHA10 Healthcare certification. Among her many accomplishments, she also has accumulated over 500 hours of service by volunteering at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.