Kathleen Mulligan, a North Central Phoenix resident, recently completed a two-month International Internship Program through Princeton University working as a molecular biology researcher at Semmelweiss University Medical School in Budapest, Hungary.

The IIP is a highly competitive program that places Princeton students in internship placements in different fields through the world. During her internship, Mulligan focused on researching the Von Willebrand factor in blood clotting and Von Willebrand disease. She also studied the secondary structure and behavior of the titin muscle protein, and the surgical ramifications of complement activation-related pseudoallergies (CARPA).

Founded in 1769 as the Medical Faculty of the University of Nagyszombat, Semmelweis University is the oldest medical school in Hungary. The Faculty became an independent medical school after World War II and has developed into a university that teaches medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, health management, as well as physical education and sport sciences.

IIP internships with Semmelweis University Medical School provide access to different laboratories at the university to learn about ongoing research, help in the experiments and carry out mini-projects.

Mulligan is a 2013 graduate of Xavier College Preparatory, where she was a National Merit Finalist, and a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.

At Princeton University, Mulligan is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


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