Stephanie LeBouve, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, can boast achievement in both academics and research.
LeBouve studied age-related macular degeneration with Pete Coffey, a research biologist lab in UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute. Her work involved producing retinal pigment epithelium cells by converting fetal cells to induced pluripotent stem cells and then back to fetal cells.
“I got my results done on Monday and we had a 98 percent correlation between the beginning and the end, which is very promising,” said LeBouve, who will attend Georgetown University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in biotechnology.
“I’m very excited and very proud,” said her mother.