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Biology Student Stories

Gabrielle Donohoe, BS Biological Sciences ’20

Gabrielle Donohoe, BS Biological Sciences

Degree: BS in Biological Sciences ’20
Concentration: Pathobiology
Minor: Public Health
- Healthcare Quality Analyst, PACU, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Research Assistant, Department of Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Native Speaking English Teacher, Santis Educational Services (Mongolia)
Extracurricular activities: Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society; Drexel Student Ambassador Program

Which element of your Drexel experience do you identify with most, and why?

I love that Drexel is committed to civic learning and civic engagement. The YMCA’s Youth and Government program has played a huge role in my life, and one of the main components of this program is developing servant leaders. I am inspired that so many Drexel students and faculty are passionate about helping the local community in a variety of ways. I have made some of my best friends by engaging in service learning at Drexel.

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Liz McCluskey, BS Biological Sciences ’20

Liz McCluskey, BS Biological Sciences

Degree: BS in Biological Sciences ’20
Minor: Chemistry
Research Interests: Proteomics, allergy, inflammation
- Research Assistant, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR)
- Bioanalytical Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceutica
- Bioassay Automation Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline
Extracurricular activities: Beta Beta Beta, URLs, JRA volunteer, Lab Volunteer, Tutor

What led you to choose your major?

I chose to be a bio major because in high school, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. I quickly realized during freshman year that the pre-med track was not for me. I thought about changing my major, but luckily I was in the honors track for intro biology! Taking the SEAPHAGES freshmen sequence gave me my first exposure to what research in my field was like, something I had never even thought of before. Now I still do not want to be a doctor, but a PhD! Over the next few years at Drexel, with the support and enthusiasm of so many of our professors, I was convinced that staying in bio was the right decision, and I can’t imagine my college experience any other way.

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Visha Parmar BS Biological Sciences ’20

Visha Parmar, Drexel Biological Sciences Major

Degree: BS Biological Sciences ’20
Concentration: Organismal Biology/Physiology
Minor: Psychology
Research Interests: In the Elefant Lab, my research focus involves investigating the epigenetic role of HAT Tip60 in rescuing cognitive impairments in multiple neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Drosophila models of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
Extracurricular activities: Co-President, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society; Lead Undergraduate Researcher, Elefant Lab; Member, Active Minds; Academic Associate, Emergency Department of Jefferson University Hospital; CareMate Volunteer, St. Mary Medical Center; Crocheter, St. Mary Medical Center Bee Comforted Program; Volunteer, YWCA Bucks County
Awards: Dean’s List, Honors with Distinction (in progress), A.J. Drexel Scholarship, the Pennsylvania Society Scholarship with the Maguire Foundation (four-time recipient)

Which element of your Drexel experience do you identify with most, and why?

I really identify with the “Ambition Can’t Wait” motto at Drexel because I always try to act on my goals and aspirations from the get-go to prepare myself for success. Knowing that I want to become a doctor, I have combined this ambition with the facilitative learning environment Drexel provides through its stellar faculty, diverse cohort group, advisers, seminars/workshops, and with CHOP, Penn, Jefferson, DUCOM, and Temple in close vicinity.

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