University of Southern Mississippi doctoral candidate Tina McDyess hopes to build a strong foundation in molecular genetics as a participant in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute June 3-28 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
McDyess, a second-year student in the College of Nursing’s doctoral program, has made childhood obesity the focal point of her career in nursing.
“Childhood obesity is an epidemic. Some research studies have concluded that there is a strong genetic component to childhood obesity,” said McDyess. “Therefore, by building a foundation and conducting genetic research we can help to decrease the incidence and prevalence of childhood obesity. Conducting research at the molecular genetic level might also assist in early intervention of childhood obesity.”
A native of Desoto, Miss., McDyess earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Southern Miss. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from University Medical Center. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from New Foundation Theological Seminary.
Dr. Lachel Story, assistant professor and doctoral program director in the Southern Miss College of Nursing, notes that McDyess is the first Southern Miss doctoral nursing candidate to be selected for the summer internship.
“Tina is a bright doctoral student, so it is no surprise she was chosen for this prestigious program,” said Story. “The summer institutes are a national competitive research experience offered to only the most promising PhD nursing students. She will gain invaluable specialized research skills in the area of genetic by the nation's top scientists.”