Heather Hook’s internship with Pfizer Corporation
Honors Biology major Heather Hook ’14 spent her summer as one of two interns for Pfizer Corporation, the world’s largest research based pharmaceutical company. She was given a $5,000 stipend and a project examining cell line stability. The focus of Heather’s project was to determine why cell lines were becoming unstable, and at what point in time this usually occurs. During Heather’s internship, she learned how to use the machines for cell culturing, PCR reactions, and measurement of antibody production. Heather will be presenting her project to the researchers at Pfizer, and over a teleconference with Pfizer researchers in St. Louis. When asked her favorite part of working at Pfizer, Heather responded, “Getting the opportunity to work in a lab that is so technologically advanced was amazing. It was great to get to use the equipment and apply the concepts I’m learning in school.” After graduation, Heather plans to apply to medical school, to pursue an MD in Psychiatry.