Biochemists and researchers around the world would love to be sitting in recent Utica College graduate Heather McManus’ chair.

“This fellowship program, as I’m sure other people have told you, is one of the most prestigious fellowships around. People apply from all over the world to come here and work for 10 weeks in the summer with some of the most distinguished cardiac scientists on the planet,” says UC biochemistry professor Dr. Daniel Barr.

A collaboration between Masonic Medical Research Laboratory and UC brought McManus to the lab in January; the work she’s doing  — isolating DNA from patient samples and looking for mutations — is keeping her at the lab for a highly sought after summer fellowship. The work she and other researchers are doing examines cardiac arrhythmia, including how it relates to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

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