Updated: Nov 5, 2020
MaKayla Turner is a recent honor graduate from Claflin University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a double minor in chemistry and psychology. As a teenager, MaKayla became fascinated with the human body and how it worked. This fascination led to her participating in three different research internships during her matriculation at Claflin. Her very first internship was at Howard University under the mentorship of Dr. Karl Thompson. MaKayla’s second and third research internships was at Claflin University under the mentorship of Dr. Derrick Swinton. While conducting research at Claflin, MaKayla became a mentor in the lab for first time researchers and she also became a co-author in her very first publication in the ACS Omega journal. Her internships have allowed her to travel across the world, to present her findings at national conferences such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), the Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN), and the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS). MaKayla aspires to become a medical physician and serve in impoverished areas. She is eternally grateful for all of the people who continually helps her while she is on her way to accomplishing her dreams.