For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

Creating a local pipeline of scientists through the TUC Internship Program with Napa Valley College

Vallejo, CA (August 1, 2018): For the 9th consecutive year, Touro University California (TUC) is helping build a pipeline of students interested in careers that focus on research and health-related professions. In collaboration with Napa Valley College (NVC), eight students from the two-year college were selected to participate in the Summer Research Program where they worked side-by-side with TUC professors on graduate level research in fields like cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, and chemical sciences. 

The program gives students in the Napa Valley access to resources and experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have, providing them with a leg up to succeed as future scientists in their chosen fields. Interns often build from their experience at TUC to enroll in four-year programs that lead to careers in research and health-related professions. For example, 2011 intern Eric Lee went on to graduate from San Francisco State University and now researches infectious diseases. 2012 intern Sylvia Mendoza-Villalovos went on to graduate from UC Davis with a degree in Plant Sciences and now works in the field for Solano County. Over the past nine years of this event TUC has helped almost 60 students see a place for themselves in the scientific community in a research or health-related profession. 

2018 intern Dylan Saechao worked two months in TUC’s Musculoskeletal Design and Performance Lab learning how the anatomy of muscles and bones meet specific needs in different animals. “The internship program has allowed me to be very hands on,” says Dylan Saechao, an NVC student from Fairfield. “We go through a whole plethora of information, and every day I learn something new about how complex and beautiful these body systems are.” As a result, Mr. Saechao now plans not only to major in Biology, but focus in a specific area related to this research, such as kinesiology. 

“The program is a great idea, and it gives us a chance to empower these young people to pursue their career dreams and aspirations,” said Dr. Andrea Taylor, Professor of Basic Sciences at the College of Osteopathic Medicine who worked with Mr. Saechao. “These are the kind of opportunities that can truly help shape future careers.”

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.