What have you been doing since you graduated from LSM?
I am pursuing a PhD in Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. I have started my second year and have joined a lab focused on understanding B cells in the context of autoimmunity.
How did LSM help prepare you for life after college?
LSM has been a highly influential part of my path thus far; apart from the many friends from the program that I regularly keep in touch with, it provided me an opportunity to fully immerse myself in business and life sciences (through both the curriculum and internships). Having the business background helps me think about the big picture significance of any research project I pursue, and the practical steps necessary to achieve the end goal. The life sciences background has enabled me to competently navigate research literature. Overall, having had the opportunity to explore both fields rigorously in LSM has given me both a confidence regarding the research path I am currently pursuing and a greater awareness with respect to how the two fields may intersect as part of my future career path.
What aspects of the LSM program do you think were critical for your success?
I believe one of the more helpful aspects of the program were the life science and business internship opportunities specifically available to LSM students, all of which turned out to be rewarding experiences. Penn Medicine is also a fantastic research institution, and I believe it is worthwhile for all LSM students to pursue research there at some point in their careers. Lastly the LSM community is an invaluable resource -- both alumni and current students. Always feel free to reach out to anyone in the community for help or guidance; most of us don’t bite!
What do you think you’ll be doing 5 years from now?
My goal is to advance our understanding of specific diseases and to harness that information one day to improve treatment options for individuals. My plan is to stick to bench research either as a graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow until my research reaches a stage at which a commercial/entrepreneurial path makes more sense to advance an idea in the realm of therapeutics. Without having gone through LSM, I would not have conceived of nor have the confidence to execute the vision I have set out for myself.