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Weare Resident Conducts Summer Research through INBRE

MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 30, 2021) – Before returning to the Hilltop this semester, approximately 30 Saint Anselm College students spent their summer conducting research on and off campus in several areas of study through the New Hampshire IdeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE).

NH INBRE funds the work of “outstanding biomedical researchers,” students and professionals alike, to promote top-level biomedical research and research training in New Hampshire. Students conducted research for an eight-week period during the summer and continue throughout the course of the academic year. At the end of the summer, student researchers from all over the state of New Hampshire gathered in the White Mountains region to present their research to one another.

Weare resident Jake Reynolds, a behavioral neuroscience major in the class of 2022, alongside Prof. Joseph Troisi, Ph.D. of the Department of Psychology, has been studying addiction behavior in live animals, and in this particular case, live rats. “Rats actually serve as a good model for human behavior,” says Reynolds. “Looking at the effects of nicotine on rats simulates looking at smoking addiction in humans. The information we gain from this research will hopefully be used to create better addiction treatment plans that are specialized between the different genders.”

Reynolds does not regret giving up a traditional summer job because the research grants him a special learning opportunity to be in a true laboratory environment. “I feel that the invitation to participate in an extracurricular scholastic learning opportunity such as this one is an honor and something that felt counterintuitive to decline based on my long term career goals,” explains Reynolds.

The experience students gain from their work in the labs, presenting at conferences, and being published in academic journals helps them get into graduate school or find their first job. Several other research projects taking place include work with snakes, octopuses, and various biomedical issues.

About Saint Anselm College:
Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a highly successful nursing program, a legacy of community service and a commitment to the arts.


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Jake Reynolds