What It's Like to Do Research at a Small Institution

Melissa Harrington is the interim associate vice president for research, director of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, and professor of biology at Delaware State University (DSU). In My Advice for Finding Mentors, she shared what qualities to look for in potential mentors and how to begin and maintain mentoring relationships. Here, Harrington details her work environment and research approach at DSU, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Melissa Harrington
Melissa Harrington is the interim associate vice president for research, director of the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, and professor of biology at Delaware State University. Her research focuses on the functional development of motor neurons and how that development goes awry in motor neuron disease. Harrington received her PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine and BS with honors in molecular biology from Purdue University. She completed postdoctoral training in the biology department at Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University, and pharmacology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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