Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Maywood High School Science Teacher Getting Hands-on Experience at Loyola Research Lab

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Mahera Beidas, a science teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy in Forest Park, says a big part of her job involves teaching her students laboratory techniques.

Now Beidas is getting to experience scientific research firsthand at a top laboratory. She is spending the summer in the lab of heart researcher Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, of Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood.

Sadayappan's lab is studying a critical protein called cardiac myosin binding protein-C. Research in his lab has shown that during a heart attack, the protein breaks into pieces; the fragmentation coincides with damage to heart muscle that leads to heart failure.

This summer Beidas will spend eight weeks working full time in Sadayappan's lab. She will continue working part time at the lab throughout the 2012-13 school year. She also will write a research paper on cardiac myosin binding protein-C.
"I look forward to taking what I am learning here at Loyola back to my classroom," Beidas said.

Her yearlong fellowship is funded by Loyola's Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology and the American Physiological Society. The APS Frontiers in Physiology Professional Development Fellowship places science teachers in labs to take part in hands-on physiology and biomedical research. The program seeks to establish long-term associations between science teachers and the local research community. The fellowship focuses on enhancing teaching strategies, as recommended by the National Science Education Standards.

Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, coordinates the teacher program for the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology. Pieter de Tombe, PhD, chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, provided Loyola's share of the funding.
"I would like to thank Dr. Sadayappan, Loyola University Chicago and the American Physiological Society for this great opportunity," Beidas said.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.