Oliver Priebe ('21)

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Major: Biophysics // Wharton Concentration: Statistics

What are your 3 favorite aspects of the LSM program?

  1. The warm, heterogenenous community that serves as a resource for friendship, mentorship, and tutelage.
  2. Exposure to the wide spectrum of careers and opportunities that lie at the intersection of business and the life sciences.
  3. Access to a caring and knowledgeable advisor that is always available to answer questions and concerns.

What makes the LSM community unique?

Like a school within a school, the LSM program fosters a tight knit learning community where students take similar classes, face similar challenges and are curious about the world around them.

Have you done other research? If so, what did it entail?

I have worked in a couple of labs back at home, including the Kohane lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Hung lab at the Broad Institute. My work in the Kohane lab consisted of assisting development of novel translational therapies such as phot-triggerable nanoparticles and topical hydrogel antibiotics for ear infections. Alternatively, my work at the Broad Institute focused on developing a diagnostic system for rapid pathogen identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing to better fight antibiotic resistant microbes.

What is the favorite experience you’ve had at Penn so far? 

My club soccer team at Penn was fortunate enough this year to win our regional tournament qualify for nationals, which was held in Scottsdale, AZ. Although we did not get as far as we wished at nationals, we had a blast exploring the southwest and spending time together on our 5-day trip. 

What extracurricular activities do you do at Penn?

I am currently an associate editor for Synapse, a medical journal written by Penn students, a member of the high-altitude balloon team for the Penn Aerospace club, a midfielder for the Men’s club soccer team, and a LSM advisory Board member.

Currently, what do you plan to do after college?

Currently, I plan on matriculating into a MD/PhD program after a gap year filled with traveling the world. My dual degree will help me later on when I hope to help guide biomedical start-ups (hopefully spawned from my own research).