Alex McCoy: We Need To Create Better Antidepressants

Neuroscience student Alex McCoy is passionate about creating better antidepressants and also raising awareness about mental illnesses. “Depression and psychiatric disorders are physical illnesses, it’s well-documented that there are physical changes to the brain that happen with...
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Aleeza Stephens: I’ve Seen How Brain Damage Can Affect Personality

Aleeza Stephens was a sophomore in high school when her cousin had a football injury. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury affecting his frontal lobe. “He’s ok now but it definitely affected his personality,” explained Stephens, a student in the Neuroscience discipline...
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Samin Javanmardi: A scientist should be curious and creative

“People have always been afraid of tumors and cancer because it’s usually life threatening, it is also so difficult to cure,” explained Samin Javanmardi, a student in the new Master of Science (M.S) in Personalized Molecular Medicine degree program at the Graduate School of...
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Nicole Hensch: From Dispensing Medications to Designing Medications

Three nights a week for four hours a night, Nicole Hensch was at a night class to become a registered pharmacy technician. “It was a lot of work, and I was a senior in high school.  I still had homework and extracurricular activities, but I was able to become a licensed pharmacy...
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Shruti Mishra: Finding Something New That No One Else Knows

If you had asked young Shruti what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you that she wanted to be a heart surgeon. “I knew very clearly I wanted to be a heart surgeon, not just a doctor but a heart surgeon. It was at the orientation process of medical school...
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Courtney Johnson: Inspiring Women in Science

Courtney Johnson is a student in the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics discipline (now renamed Biochemical Mechanisms of Medicine) of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. From a young age, she loved science and kept asking how things worked eventually learning in...
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Q & A With Kristi Guerrero, Neurodegenerative Researcher

Kristi Guerrero is a student in our Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program (Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine) in the lab of Dr. Naomi Sayre. 1) Tell me the story of when you realized you were passionate about science. I honestly can’t remember a time before I...
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Kate Saucke: From Math to Medical Health Physics

Growing up with parents who were math teachers, Kate Saucke knew that she would do something in math. When she learned about radiological health engineering at Texas A&M University, she was fascinated with radiation and a way to use her passion for math in a different wa...
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