Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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Kaelyn Edwards

Kaelyn
Edwards
Biology
2021

Alumni Update: Kaelyn is working full time for Epigenos Biosciences Inc. located in Morrisville, NC. She is currently in the process of applying to medical schools and is hoping to start in August 2022.

Off- Campus Experience

FirstHealth of the Carolinas Intern: Shadowed lead Physicians in various departments including the emergency room, operating room, outpatient oncology, labor and delivery, anesthesiology,  and clinical trials; Served as a beta tester and played an integral role in the launch of the “TeleHealth on the go” mobile app; Completed Biomedical Research CITI training courses and assisted in preparing clinical trial specimens for shipment.  

Research Collaborator, Epigenoes Biosciences Inc.: Assisted in establishing lab research operations, and utilized genetic medicine in an effort to develop an epigenetic treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxia patients.

Jillian's Jitterbug Inc.: Having been inspired by my twin sister Jillian who has cerebral palsy, I founded a non-profit business whose charter is to Get Disabled Children Up and Moving. We support needy families with disabled children who require durable medical equipment to enhance their mobility (www.Jilliansjitterbug.com).

On-Campus Experience

Greek Life (Alpha Phi): Held positions such as the Panhellenic Delegate where I served as a liaison between my chapter and the overall sorority community on campus.

Undergraduate research with the Koffas Lab: Engineered chondroitin sulfotransferase (C4ST) mutant with improved enzymatic activity in an effort to treat osteoarthritis.

Intramural Sports: Hockey, basketball, and volleyball.

Women’s Mentor Program: Actively mentored first-year female students in an effort to facilitate a positive and smooth transition for them to RPI. 

Admissions Ambassador: Give tours to prospective students and serve as a panelist at events.

Favorite Class

My favorite class throughout my career at RPI has been the Advanced Cell Bio Lab that I took my junior year. I learned so many vital lab skills such as bacterial cell culture, along with the importance of proper documentation that qualified me to pursue internship opportunities outside of the classroom. I also had the opportunity to design and work on our my research project throughout the semester and explore science outside of a traditional textbook. Specifically, I measured how E.coli cells responded to osmotic stress.