Haerin Park, BS

Graduate Researcher

Prairie Rattlesnake – Crotalus viridis viridis
  • Photo by Jerry Schudda

    Prairie Rattlesnake – Crotalus viridis viridis

    More commonly tan than green with brown dorsal blotches, Prairie Rattlesnakes range almost exactly matches the Great Plains region of the U.S. Consequently, these rattlesnakes are found in grassy fields, often utilizing rodent burrows for refuge or as hibernaculum. Prairie Rattlesnakes are also known to hibernate in large groups with upwards of 100 snakes sharing the same space.

    Due to the territory that this species encompasses, bites are uncommon in suburban areas and more regularly happen in regions far from medical aid resulting in further complications. Therefore, the person should start working their way towards an emergency department as soon as possible.

Haerin Park is a graduate student in the master program of Applied Biosciences, track of Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is from South Korea and received B.S. majoring in Medical Sciences. For the first time, she has started a student life in the States, out of her country, endeavoring improvement in academically and various opportunity in practically. She is now working as a student intern in Dr. Wertheimer’s lab involving human fibroblasts culturing and immune response of cells from snake venom. Specific aim of her project is to analyze cytokines produced by fibroblasts. After graduation, she plans and really hopes to work as a researcher in the field of medical science and biology/biotechnology.