Rebecca Morse

Rebecca Morse

Sophomore year, I had the incredible opportunity of working in Dr. Jim Riley’s lab, which focuses on engineering our own immune systems to fight diseases like cancers and HIV through T-cell immunotherapy. The pandemic shifted my plans for that summer, but I was fortunate enough to join Dr. Mary Regina Boland’s lab remotely, where I used Electronic Health Records to investigate postpartum depression and developed an ontology of its risk factors; I recently submitted this work for publication as first author. Now, I plan to complete my senior thesis in Dr. Riley's lab on the metabolism of various Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells. 

As a transfer, I’ve now experienced two universities, basic and translational research, and both in-person and remote opportunities. I also joined a lab in my second semester sophomore year as a work-study student and took a leave of absence to conduct full-time research in the Boland lab during the Spring 2021 semester. If you have questions about my research, identifying your research goals, being a transfer, doing work-study, researching full-time (over the summer or during a leave), beginning research as a sophomore or starting research second semester, please reach out!

  • Undergraduate Researcher, Boland Lab, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, CHOP (Summer 2020 - Summer 2021)
  • Contributor, Covid Registry of Off-label & New Agents (CORONA), PennMed (Summer 2020)
  • Translational Research Internship Program, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (Summer 2020)
  • Undergraduate Researcher, Riley Lab, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, PennMed (Fall 2019 - Present)
  • Beckman Scholar, Villanova University (2019)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Knepper Lab, Department of Biology, Villanova University (2018-2019)

Affinity Groups: Transfer, Work Study


  • Work-study