Kayla's Internship at LEO Pharma

As an intern in the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) group, Kayla created an internal biologics reference database of pharmacokinetic and target data for several antibodies.

At LEO Pharma, Biological Engineering student Kayla Vodehnal '20 modeled the pharmacokinetics of 20 antibodies, creating a database that will aid in future early research and development projects by making the characteristics of antibodies that are currently used in the skin disease-related pharmaceutical area centralized and accessible.

“Throughout my internship, I’m really glad to have been able to apply some of the things I learned in 20.320, Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems. It was definitely the hardest class that I’ve had to take while at MIT and it felt so satisfying to use the things I learned while working for LEO.”

Through the internship, Kayla was able to meet professionals in the field of pharmaceuticals from around the world, something that might not have been possible if Kayla had stayed within the US for the summer.

“Working in Denmark this summer provided me with the invaluable opportunity of creating global connections, especially in the industry of pharmaceuticals.”

Kayla also enjoyed living in Denmark, and spent time outside of work exploring not only Denmark, but countries across Europe.

“The opportunity to travel to, work, and live in such a progressive country is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life."