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Griffin Rick

Class of 2024Santa Barbara, CA


Hello! My name is Griffin Rick, and my Polygence project focussed on the therapeutic potential of phloretin in cases of acute diabetic nephropathy and end-stage renal disease. I chose to work on this project because I wanted to gain experience working in the field of medical research and try to gather information and put together a logical argument in a research paper. After my project is complete, I would like to attend Dartmouth University on the pre-med track and pursue a graduate degree in astrophysics (we'll work on making a career out of the two later), then join the medical workforce as some form of medical practitioner.


  • "Connecting the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Nephropathy with Clinical Phenotype" with mentor Donald (July 24, 2023)

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Connecting the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Nephropathy with Clinical Phenotype

Started Jan. 26, 2023

Abstract or project description

Although the casual factors of diabetic nephropathy are well understood, it is not clear how these etiologies are associated with the histological abnormalities observed in the kidneys of diabetic patients. Griffin is very much interested in filling this knowledge gap. In the coming months, Griffin will familiarize himself with the anatomy and physiology of the kidney while simultaneously becoming well-versed in the various pathologies derived from diabetes. The ultimate goal is for Griffin to formulate a research question upon which he writes a proposal on how to provide an answer for that inquiry.