Fulbright Combines Passion for Science and Spanish

Danielle Miller 2014 will combine her passion for science and for Spanish as a Fulbright research grant recipient in Spain next year. She will conduct biomedical research in “Solid-phase synthesis and NMR characterization of microcin J25 and analogues” at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine at the Barcelona Science Park.

According to the Fulbright web site, there were almost 100 applicants for the 24 grants awarded in Spain.

A Doylestown resident, she majors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Spanish, with a minor in Chemistry. She is active in Phi Alpha Psi, was a UC EMS captain, an Admission tour Guide, and a member of the Biochemistry Club and Beardwood Chemical Society.

Featured on the Ursinus Liberal Arts Plus web pages, she believes that through cultural immersion she developed “a greater sense of self, something I had not even realized I was lacking,” and “gained a fuller understanding of the world and the individual’s role in society.”

Although she came to Ursinus with plans to study only the sciences, she developed a passion for the Spanish language and culture. “For the first time Spanish became more than a language to me,” she said. “I realized that it is a lifestyle that is not foreign to people in our world today; it is their identity. This made me feel small and uninformed and it piqued my interest quite a bit, enough to encourage me to also pursue a Spanish major.”

She plans to continue studying Spanish and hopes to work as a medical doctor for Spanish-speaking patients.  “It is truly an honor to be granted this opportunity,” she said of the Fulbright.

Danielle’s research goal, according to her abstract, is “to use solid-phase protein synthesis and combinatorial libraries to create peptides, derivatives of microcin J25, that could be used to treat cancer and central nervous system disorders. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging is then used to study the physical nature of these molecules.”