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CSP Science Research – Zach Rengel (’16)

Posted on November 20th, 2015 | by Concordia University

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UPDATE: Zach has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School and will begin his studies in Fall 2017.

About Zach
A Golden Bear baseball player, Zach shared his time at Concordia on the field and in the lab. He learned about the patience and perseverance needed for a career in science – he spent a month troubleshooting bad results of his research, later finding the one step he was doing wrong. Zach plans to pay off medical school by serving the United States as a military physician.

“My experience at Concordia has been invaluable for my future. Research has helped me understand that things aren’t always going to go as planned, that you need to persevere when things aren’t going right.”

Undergraduate Research Project
Purification of Karatan Sulfate for the Diagnosis of Mucopolysaccharidosis IV

Layman’s terms
It is known that a disease characterized by dwarfism could be diagnosed by analyzing levels of keratin sulfate (carbohydrates) in urine. Zach’s research takes these carbohydrates from cow eyes and purifies it for Mayo Clinic to use as a control when testing patient urine.