University of New Hampshire (Class of 2017):
Undergraduate Student, Marine, Estuarine, & Freshwater Biology. Honors program
I aspire to attain a Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience at research-intensive universities, with the ultimate goal of conducting translational biomedical research using marine model species. The ocean is largely unexplored; thus, marine biology provides new avenues for the discovery and use of natural biochemicals and model species in the research and development of therapeutic treatments and pharmaceutical drugs to help prevent, treat and cure human illnesses and diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Eventually, I hope to study an aquatic model species, such as zebrafish, which are commonly used in developmental genetics and cancer studies, at a top biomedical research center.
Awards & Honors:
-2016 Goldwater Honorable Mention
-Two SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships), Weeks Research Fellowship, and Anderson Family Endowed Scholarship for Marine Biomedical Research