Hometown: Rowland, NC
“Although not born in North Carolina, I spent most of my years growing up and attending school in NC. For undergrad, I attended a small liberal arts school in Pembroke, NC (University of North Carolina at Pembroke) and was one of the few lucky biology students to start a research project the end of my junior year trying to create a monte carlo simulation emulating a frog neural muscular junction. My interest immediately switched from being a medical doctor, to pursuing a career in physiology/neuroscience research. I decided to apply to PhD programs in this field to further my education and do so in a very affordable manner and was fortunate enough to be accepted to the University of Michigan PIBS Molecular & Integrative Physiology program. The learning curve I faced my first year of grad school was daunting as a graduate coming from a small university, but with the support network from my department and cohort I was able to persevere, and I am now in my 3rd year of grad school. From my experience in grad school, I have developed an interest in pursuing a career in industry, focusing on biomedical research."