HPU Student Completes Medical Internship In Georgia


HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 11, 2009 ? Tabatha Davis recently had an internship opportunity at the Medical College of Georgia, in the STAR Program, a competitive research internship for undergraduates pursuing medical or research careers.

During the nine-week internship, Davis worked closely with a faculty mentor, Dr. Lynnette McCluskey, and her two post-doctorate assistants, Lianying He and Liqiao Shi. Their research project aimed to determine the neurophysiologic and morphological effects of antibiotic medications on the peripheral taste system. They discovered that antibiotics lead to a decrease in response to NaCL and an increase in response to acids.

“After this experience, I learned that I enjoy research and the many techniques one learns while conducting it,” says Davis. “I also learned valuable poster presentation skills.”

Following her studies at HPU, Davis plans to attend medical school and earn an MD/MPH. 

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

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