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Undergrads study medicinal plants in the Dominican Republic

Aregullin and students in the Dominican Republic.

Aregullin and students in the Dominican Republic.

This summer, Manuel Aregullin, senior research associate in the Plant Biology Section, led a group of Cornell undergraduates on a trip to the Dominican Republic to study Caribbean plant-based medicinal practices  that coexist with Western medicine in the treatment of disease.

The students developed projects that investigated the pharmacology of some prominent native species at a laboratory facility located in Punta Cana, and will present results at undergraduate symposia and conferences.

Aregullin is also director of Cornell’s Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program

The project was funded by the National Institutes of Health and included faculty mentors from Cornell, the University of Santo Domingo, Yale and Florida International University.

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