Student Research

Do you want to get laboratory experience as part of your Penn State degree?

If you are curious about biomedical research and want to learn more about vascular physiology, please contact me to discuss research opportunities in my lab.

Students and postdocs in the Vascular Health Interventions Lab are active contributors in all stages of research with human subjects, including: grant writing, ethical issues, processing biological samples, statistics, recruiting and scheduling participants, and conducting dynamic tests of of blood pressure and vascular function in the clinic. In addition to training in scoring vascular ultrasound images, students develop expertise in psychophysiological techniques for measuring cardiovascular response to stress, such as heart rate variability and impedance cardiography. Through collaborations with other laboratories, students can gain experience with genomic techniques and biochemical assays of blood collected from our clinical studies. Many of our alumni have gone on to graduate study in medicine and research positions in industry.

You don't need previous experience in these research areas, although relevant course work is preferred. However, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Must have taken at least one statistics and/or research methods course at undergraduate level
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be available at least 6 hours a week
  • Must be hard working and enthusiastic, even early in the morning!

Please send an email to introduce yourself. Tell me about your strengths and why you think that research experience will help you meet your career goals.

Thank you for your interest in my lab.

Dr. Sheila West: sgw2@psu.edu