What was your most memorable biochemistry experience?
Completing an Honors project with Prof. Danielle Dube was the most formative educational experience I had at Bowdoin. By helping me design, carry out, and evaluate a project with unique relevance to my biochemical coursework and to the field of clinical immunology, Prof. Dube took my love of science to another level.
What have you been up to since graduating from Bowdoin?
For two years, I completed an AmeriCorps fellowship at a federally qualified health center called Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC. As a community health worker, I was able to take on a number of roles, like performing HIV/STI testing and counseling, assisting COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and leading community outreach efforts. Now, I'm a medical student at Emory University, where I'm getting involved in research at the intersection of biochemistry and public health and getting clinical exposure at Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the Southeast.
When I was in elementary school, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and shortly after moved in with me and my parents. As I watched her decline from the progressive neurodegenerative disease, I kept asking - why, and how? I quickly realized during my first year at Bowdoin that, by applying fundamental chemical principles to complex biological systems, biochemistry can best answer those sorts of questions. Additionally, the faculty of the Biochemistry program at Bowdoin were so engaging and friendly that it was easy for me to keep taking classes in the discipline.