Alumni and Careers

Mia Sorcinelli

Mia Sorcinelli

Class of: 2001

Location: Lawrence, MA

Major(s): Biochemistry, Classics

Every day at work I am faced with patients in distress, whether physical or mental, and I think my Classics education has helped me to understand the human condition. It also helped me learn TWO entirely new languages Spanish, and Medical English!

What is your current job (position) and what do you do specifically?

I was a Classics and Biochemistry Major at Bowdoin, and after graduation worked for two years doing research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  From there, I went on to University of Massachusetts Medical School.  I found that my background in Classics was surprisingly helpful in the medical world many of the names for body parts and diseases are directly based on Latin and Greek.  Studying for anatomy tests seemed easier because I was able to connect the words I had learned in Classics to the words and structures I needed to memorize.  After graduating from medical school, I completed my residency training in Family Medicine at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA.  The community in Lawrence is majority Latino immigrants, and the clinic population is about 80% Spanish-speakers.  I did not speak Spanish prior to my arrival, but again found that my background in Latin was extremely helpful. After the first year my Spanish was passable, and now I consider myself quite good at Spanish (especially in a medical setting).  Last year I studied for and passed the American Board of Addiction Medicine certification exam, and so am now double-board certified in Family and Addiction Medicine.  I work at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center as a busy primary-care doctor who also provides office-based addiction treatment, and also work at a methadone clinic one day a week fighting the opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts.

Ben Stranges

Benjamin Stranges

Class of: 2005

Major(s): Biochemistry

Peter Benjamin Stranges (Ben) is a poctdoctoral research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School where he studies genome engineering and synthetic biology.


Ben was a Doherty Fellow at Bowdoin Summer 2004, and conducted senior honors research during the 2004-2005 academic year.  Ben explored the mathematical possibilities of modeling von Bertalanffy growth in sea urchins with a variable exponent that relied on oxygen transport through boundary layers under the guidance of Professor Amy Johnson and Research Associate in Mathematics and Biology Olaf Ellers.

Ben completed a Bowdoin Honors Project titled: Boundary layer fluid dynamics effects on oxygen metabolism and growth rates in green sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis