Cory Diemler, GSBSE Ph.D. Student, took 1st place at recent Student Showcase

The fifth annual BioME Student Showcase took place in Bangor, ME.

Students shared their science research and the GSBSE Ph.D. student, Cory Diemler, took the first place and award for his outstanding research “TREM2 Microglia: An Alternative Therapeutic Target for Glaucomatous Neurodegeneration.” 

Cory states that glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease and is the second leading cause of blindness, and current therapeutic efforts are not always the effective in every patient. Diemler’s research project focuses on uncovering the molecular underpinnings of TREM2 microglia in glaucoma as a novel therapeutic target for all patients.

“I approached the BioME student showcase as an opportunity to practice giving an oral presentation of my research. I thought this would help prepare me for future presentations I would give, as well as, having to switch the focus of the talk for the new audience I was going to have would be great practice too. While watching the other presenters, I became more and more nervous and excited because of how great they did, and to be selected as a finalist with them was a huge honor. I couldn’t have been more surprised by the result of the awards because of how great the other candidates were”, Cory shares with us.