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Meet Gabrielle Donohoe

Gabriella Donohoe, Drexel Biological Sciences Major

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.

What led you to choose your major?

I decided to study biology at Drexel because I am fascinated by science. Growing up, I often asked my parents for science kits and microscopes, and I would conduct “experiments” in my kitchen with my brothers. The biology program at Drexel is very student-centered, and there is a wide variety of classes offered to explore all that biology can offer and can prepare you for. I also love how hands-on our biology curriculum is. Instead of just sitting in lecture, we get practical experience in the lab and in the surrounding community to better understand the concepts we are learning about.

What was your most memorable travel experience through Drexel?

I moved to Mongolia for six months (as a co-op student) and I taught English in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar! I was able to travel across the country and I even had the opportunity to experience life with a nomadic family.

How were your co-op experiences?

The co-op program is my favorite part about being a Drexel student. I have had the opportunity to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and internationally as well! My co-op experiences have all helped me to develop unique skillsets and have also helped me to figure out what I would like to do (and what I absolutely do not want to do) professionally after graduation.

Tell us about any research experiences you’ve had as a Drexel student.

I participated in clinical research with an attending anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). We worked on a project to analyze the outpatient opioid prescriptions for pediatric patients coming to CHOP for surgery. I was also able to help with a study looking at the conflicts of interest for individuals participating in FDA drug-approval trials.

Why would you recommend your degree program at Drexel?

The biology program is full of diverse students who have a lot of different goals, and are using biology to achieve them. I am inspired to be surrounded by such dedicated students and faculty, and have found a lot of support and resources through my peers and professors.