Mary Katherine Herndon

Class of 2018 Written by Mary Katherine Herndon

Throughout my time at Emory & Henry, my professors always inspired me to challenge myself in the academic realm. Their motivation allowed me to retain a wide breadth of knowledge applicable to many science concentrations transforming me into a confident and competent researcher. As a recent 2018 E&H graduate with a B.S. in Biology, I am utilizing the techniques I learned in the laboratory as a student and applying these skills in a professional setting working in a research lab at Quillen College of Medicine (QCOM) located in Johnson City, Tennessee.

            I am currently working on a cardiac research project funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), to study the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy on various models of heart failure; my focus is on understanding how VNS treatment impacts intestinal pathology and gut microbiota in the pressure overload rat model. For this research project, I am performing surgeries, analyzing echocardiograms, collecting and examining various tissue samples, and assisting on future collaborative student research projects at Emory & Henry College using the data from QCOM. Learning the intricacies of the techniques involved in these procedures has been both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately successful due to my extensive research experience at Emory & Henry as an undergraduate. The independent, undergraduate research opportunities truly set E&H apart from other universities across the nation, which better prepared me for conducting research in a professional lab setting.

I find it rewarding to be able to incorporate undergraduate students at my alma mater on ground breaking research that has the capacity to save lives. Emory & Henry was a place I found my home inside the lab, and I am grateful I have had the opportunity to continue research I am passionate about and share that with the community I learned so much from.

  • Biology alum Mary Katherine Herndon
    Biology alum Mary Katherine Herndon
    Mary Katherine Herndon

I find it rewarding to be able to incorporate undergraduate students at my alma mater on ground breaking research that has the capacity to save lives. Emory & Henry was a place I found my home inside the lab, and I am grateful I have had the opportunity to continue research I am passionate about and share that with the community I learned so much from.

Major(s):

Biology

Hometown:

Bristol, VA