NSU Undergraduate Date
Other Institutions of Study
Master of Public Health at George Washington University c/o 2018
Highest Degree Completed
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, DC
Program Assistant, Research Synthesis Program (part-time position)
The biology program at NSU prepared me for the career I am now building in public health research and practice. While I attended the NSU, I did not have the expectation that I would ultimately end up in the public health field. As an undergrad, I thought I would enter one of the healthcare provider professions, or research in the biomedical sciences. Fortunately, the NSU biology program prepared me for a wide variety of career options, because it solidified the scientific foundations that one needs for any type of career related to health, science, or research. After graduating from NSU, I spent a couple years working in a lab at the National Institutes of Health, and there I realized that I have the greatest interest in epidemiology and improving the public’s health. My undergrad education at NSU prepared me for the Master of Public Health program that I’m now in the middle of completing, as well as my part-time position at a public health research funding organization called Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. My advice to current NSU students is to take advantage of the small classroom sizes and the ability to get to know and work with your professors on research projects that are of interest to you! Also, keep an open mind about where your passions really lie, because the NSU biology program prepares you for so many different career paths.
Layh-Schmitt, G., Lu, S., Navid, F., Brooks, S. R., Lazowick, E., Davis, K. M., ... Colbert, R. A. Generation and Differentiation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Reveal Ankylosing Spondylitis Risk Gene Expression in Bone Progenitors. Clinical Rheumatology (2017) 36: 143. DOI: 10.1007/s10067-016-3469-5