Research student spotlight: Rachel Firkins

October 1, 2010 —

Rachel Firkins, M.S.'11

Rachel Firkins, MBS'11

Rachel Firkins graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in neuroscience in 2009. She became interested in research when working as a student research assistant in Dr. Julia Moffitt’s lab at Des Moines University while still attending Drake. She spent her research time investigating the Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on the Threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat. Following the completion of her undergraduate work Rachel enrolled in the master of biomedical sciences program at Des Moines University. She is currently working under the direction of Quang-Kim Tran, M.D., Ph.D studying vascular endothelial functions. After graduating from Des Moines University with her Master’s degree she aspires to have a career in Alzheimer’s Disease research.

Presentations

  • Firkins, R.F., Patel, P.N., Welliver, K., Moffitt, J.A., Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on The threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-Induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat.Senior Seminar. Oral Presentation, May 2009, Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
  • Firkins, R.F., Patel, P.N., Welliver, K., Moffitt, J.A., Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on The threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-Induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat.The Annual Iowa Physiologic Society Meeting. Oral Poster, May 2009, Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
  • Firkins, R.F., Patel, P.N., Welliver, K., Moffitt, J.A., Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on The threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-Induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat.Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science. Oral Poster, April 2009, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA.
  • Firkins, R.F., Patel, P.N., Welliver, K., Moffitt, J.A., Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on The threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-Induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat.  Des Moines University Symposium. Oral Poster, April 2009, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA.
  • Firkins, R.F., Patel, P.N., Welliver, K., Moffitt, J.A., Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on The threshold and Incidence of Aconitine-Induced Cardiac Arrhythmias in the Anesthetized Rat.Drake University Conference of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences. Oral Presentation, April 2009, Drake University, Des Moines, IA.

 


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