To continue with the introductions of the interns, here’s Will Dahl!
My name is William Dahl, and I am a dual degree Biomedical Engineering and MBA student at Washington University in St. Louis. This summer, I have been very excited about the wonderful opportunity to intern with RGI! Ever since attending a field trip to a medical seminar on Regenerative Medicine in 2005 I have been fascinated with the concept of finding ways to not just treat, but cure life-altering injuries and diseases. Along these lines, my interest in Genomics came after working in a laboratory that was able to cure the genetic disorder, Sickle Cell Anemia, in a mouse model by a personalized stem cell replacement therapy. Although Sickle Cell is a well-known, much-studied disease, there are millions of people who suffer from disorders that are currently undiagnosed and many times even untreated. Long term, I look forward to having helped RGI’s impact on the lives of these families and its ability to work with other pioneers in the field to pave the way for the identification and treatment of rare diseases.
Over the course of the summer, I will be involved with RGI in a number of exciting areas! I have recently completed a patient fundraising guide in order to help patients and their families make the most of our crowdsourced fundraising platform. Currently, I am working on together with Dr. Marisa Dolled-Filhart to organize a competition that will help to advance rare disease research. I will also be in the process of identifying and contacting potential collaborators who share a common mission with RGI. In addition to the work that I am performing, I am thrilled to be working with Amanda in the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) here in St. Louis. As someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, it is very rewarding to be able to be in an environment surrounded by other entrepreneurs.
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