Meet Evie Ehrhorn, senior molecular and biomedical biology major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Evie is one of six undergraduate students working closely with Paul Davis, associate professor, on several projects through NSRI at the lab. She is specifically focused on exploring the mechanistic actions of the immune system.
Q. What is the most interesting part of working with NSRI?
A. To be able to understand how pathogens work allows us to be able to delve further into possible defenses of mass destruction. It allows us to find preventative measures and deliver solutions for problems of the past and for the possible future.
Even though I am young in the field, I am very proud to be a part of a program where my research is contributing to a greater cause of protecting people and providing defense not only for the present, but for the future as well.
Q. What would your peers find most fascinating?
A. The idea of helping a greater cause and the impact your research can make. Sometimes in research, it’s hard to understand the big picture of projects and how they’re applicable in everyday life. However, with this program, you not only are understanding the bigger picture, but you are able to see how you have the ability to change millions of people's lives, as well as protect people through your research.
Q. What is it like to tell your family that you're working on a project for the Department of Defense?
A. My family is always impressed when I tell them about my work in this program, especially my grandparents. My grandfather on my father’s side was in the army and my grandfather on my mom’s side was a marine. They have been able to see first-hand what it is like to protect our country, however, they love hearing that I am able to provide protection in a different form.
Q. How has your work prepared you for the future?
A. Before beginning research, I was considering data analysis. However, once beginning research, I realized my love and passion for it. I have decided to pursue a doctorate degree in immunology/infectious diseases, and in the future, I would like to continue my work of protecting our country through the Department of Defense.