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Human Services

Albion's human services concentration is designed to allow students to explore their interest in various human service careers, as well as to prepare them for entry-level positions upon graduation and/or for graduate school in human services disciplines. Students interested in the helping professions are expected to learn about underrepresented populations, administration and public policy, ethics and practice. Human services promote physical and mental health through prevention, outreach, community efforts and organizing social institutions. Although health and human services workers will primarily be employed in applied settings, they may also have opportunities to conduct research that promotes physical and mental health.

Admission to the human services concentration is based on a genuine interest in exploring one or more of the human services areas and evidence of academic ability. Students must apply for admission to the concentration and are encouraged to do so during their sophomore year. Students should contact Barbara Keyes, professor of psychology and director of the Human Services Concentration, for an application form.

Bradley Rabquer

brad-rabquer-100Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., Bowling Green State University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2006

Appointed: 2011

Expertise: Molecular and cellular physiology, Pathophysiology, Immunology, Inflammation, Angiogenesis

Current Courses:

  • Biology 210: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology 341: Physiology

Research Interests:

Dr. Rabquer is a molecular and cellular physiologist interested in human inflammatory and angiogenic diseases.  Inflammation and angiogenesis play key roles in the pathogenesis of many cancers, and in autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic sclerosis (SSc).  Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, is excessive in the synovium (joints) of patients with RA, and deficient in the skin of patients with SSc.  Specifically, Dr. Rabquer's work has focused on the role of adhesion molecules, cytokines, and chemokines in these diseases.  Currently, he is interested in determining the role of a novel family of soluble adhesion molecules, junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs), in mediating facets of angiogenesis. In addition, Dr. Rabquer is studying how the upregulation of angiogenic chemokines affects the development of blood vessels in patients with SSc.  Importantly, recent therapeutic successes of angiogenesis inhibitors have validated the idea that controlling pathological angiogenesis can modulate disease activity.  Therefore, continued research into potential angiogenic mediators and the dysregulation of known angiogenic pathways in diseases such as RA and SSc will be critical for the development of new therapies.

Immunofluorescence staining was used in the figure below to determine the expression of vWF (red), a marker of endothelial cells, and JAM-A (green) in normal human skin.  JAM-A is predominantly expressed by keratinocytes in the epidermis, and by fibroblasts and endothelial cells in the dermis.


Britons Receive Teaching Fellowships

Albion College graduates Melanie Kapolka, ’11, and Kristen Karczewski, ’09, are among the first 92 recipients of the W.K. Kellogg-Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.

According to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “The three-year fellowship is awarded to promising educators with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fellows receive $30,000 to pursue a customized master’s degree program that prepares them to teach in high-need urban or rural secondary schools in seven local districts across the state.”

International Student Profile

Chen Chen, '11Chen Chen, '11

Chen graduated cum laude from Albion College in 2011 with a B.A. in economics and management.

Where are you from?
I am from Nanjing, China. I attended Nanjing Foreign Language School before coming to Albion College.

Why did you choose Albion?
I learned about Albion looking at U.S. News & World Report. I was impressed with the ranking, small size, personal attention, and research opportunities. I also liked the generous scholarships available for international students.

What is your favorite thing about Albion?
The professors! They helped me find my passion in life and were able to connect me to my future job. One of my favorite professors retired recently but I still stay in touch with him regularly.

What is your academic major?
Economics and management with an accounting focus. I am also pursuing physics as a minor.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
The Albion College Accounting Society. Every year, I volunteer to fill out people’s income taxes. I also help plan activities with the Chinese Student Union but mostly I am busy with undergraduate research (FURSCA).

What will you do after you graduate?
I will graduate this year and I already have a job lined up with Ernst and Young. I will be an auditor.

How much will your salary be per year?
Right now, my starting salary is $50,000 a year.

Why do you want to work in the United States?
I want to use my U.S. diploma to gain experience here so that within 10 years I can go back and work in China. By doing this, I can start at a higher level of income in China

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