Student Information

Student Name

Nikhita Gadi




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Columbia University: Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center

Mentor(s):Dr. Anne Brillantes

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Just a few short years ago, access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary diabetes care was not available in New York -- a city that prides itself for providing the best medical care in the world. Now, thanks to the generous contributions of Russ Berrie, founder of Russ Berrie and Company, Inc., and others, a new standard of diabetes care is available to the 1.6 million people with diabetes in the New York area. The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, named after Russ Berrie's mother who, like her son, had diabetes, was established in July 1997 under the direction of Dr. Robin Goland, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. It opened in its permanent space at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion at Columbia University Medical Center in October 1998. The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, combining unprecedented family-oriented patient care and education with world-class diabetes research programs, has been named one of three "Diabetes Centers of Excellence" in New York State. (Credit: Columbia University - Naomi Diabetes Center)

Summary of Internship

As an intern in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, I was able to have a first-hand experience of working in a laboratory. I soon became accustomed to many of the equipments (computer, florescent microscope, PCR, etc) and subjects (mice) I used in my research. Currently, my mentor's research is on the role genetic variations play in differing vulnerabilities to developing autoimmune diabetes. My primary task in the laboratory was to analyze %Ki67 Beta Cells to predict the amount of beta cell replication in the pancreas of different mice strains. The images of beta cells were already taken from the microscope. I had to use a program called Image Pro and Microsoft Excel to complete my assignment. Throughout the course of my internship, I was also able to observe various experiments performed in the lab by various research specialists and scientists. Overall, this internship has helped me gain an in-depth understanding of medical research in a professional laboratory setting and an appreciation of health sciences in a world-class research university.

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