UT Dallas neuroscience junior Aaron Dotson recently spent three months participating in a medical research project at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU), working in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine with Dr. Brendan Canning. At the Bayview Medical Center Campus, he studied the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable disease that leads to the thickening of the tissue in the lungs.
JHU’s program was selected over similar programs at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bert Moore, dean of BBS and the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor, said that Doston’s commitment and initiative to maximize his education has impressed — and it is still impressing him: “I am confident that he is going to be a terrific doctor, and we are very pleased to have him in our program,” added Moore.
“Before the program, I had no research experience whatsoever besides just taking biology lab here at UT Dallas,” said Dotson, a student of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. After the completion of the project, he explained that he now has a better sense of what research is about and how to approach it. The goal of the JHU’s summer internship was to provide the neuroscience junior with critical skills to pursue his career and ultimately become a scientist in his field.
At Johns Hopkins, Aaron Dotson was able to meet Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom which is Dotson’s inspiration. There, he also visited and learned about the area with UT Dallas alumni Chanel Matney BS’11 and Therri Usher BS’11.
Aaron Dotson is also a UT Dallas Rising Star, a Student Ambassador, and a volunteer in UT Dallas programs. At JHU, his research into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that kills in three to five years, is bound to play a critical role in his formation as a researcher in working towards treatments and cures for deadly diseases such as these.