2009 Walsh Graduate
Year of Graduation:
Current Job Title:
Graduate Research Associate
Place of Employment:
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Why did you chose Walsh?
I chose Walsh because it matched my devotion to the Catholic Church, as well as my academic and athletic desires. I originally started as a Nursing major and also received a scholarship to play softball. Although I changed my major to Biology and left the softball team by my sophomore year, I found that Walsh was still the best choice because I had already established strong connections with friends and professors. It felt like a second home to me.
Describe briefly what you do in your current job.
I am a graduate student at The Ohio State University and am conducting research for my thesis in a human genetics lab under the supervision of Chack-Yung Yu in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. My project involves identification and functional analysis of genetic risk factors of autoimmune diseases, namely Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Type I Diabetes.
Recent professional accomplishments:
I am currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student in molecular biology at The Ohio State University. Recently, I was accepted to attend The Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics at the Wellcome Trust in Cambridge, UK, August 2013. There, I joined 19 other Ph.D. students and 20 professors from all over the globe, including USA, UK, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Spain. We gathered for a 4-day interactive conference which included presentations, discussions, and one-on-one mentoring meetings. I had the opportunity to meet with very accomplished researchers in human genetics, including some pioneers in the human genome project.
How did Walsh prepare you for your current job?
Walsh provided me the strong academic background and strong mentorship that ultimately helped me get accepted to the Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University. The Science department at Walsh offered (and continues to offer) solid faculty members and small class sizes and therefore a high-quality education in Biology. Also, because Walsh is a liberal arts university, I had the opportunity to explore other subjects and classes, and I believe the knowledge and education I gained made me a well-rounded student and has helped me succeed in my future studies.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending Walsh University?
Visit the campus and meet with current students, faculty, and staff and ask them what they like about Walsh. I'm willing to bet they will give good reviews. Figure out what kind of university experience you want. For me, I wanted a small, catholic, friendly, reputable campus, and Walsh University happened to fit the mold. I have no regrets.