- Area of Study Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics
Where are you from?
I am from Lagos, Nigeria, but I reside in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
What was the best part about transferring to BU?
The decision to further my academic endeavors at an institution as prestigious as BU was one I embraced, and its location made the choice quite more appealing. Without a doubt, the highlight of my time at BU would be the interactions I’ve shared with my colleagues and professors alike. The city of Boston is a melting-pot like none other, with people from various corners of the world, BU offers a lot more beyond the classroom. It has its fair share of spirited conversations to be had and laughter to be shared.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
I code for fun! This past year I took an introductory course in Databases and Data Mining, and discovered the joys (and sorrows) in Python, and ever since, I’ve been working on harnessing my skills in this area. For a Biology major, I think it’s safe to infer that I enjoy hackathons a bit above an average level. Thanks to the financial support of the biology department, I had the pleasure of attending my first competitive hackathon; MedHacks, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where my team and I worked on an app that aimed at tackling long emergency wait times for urgent care.
I am also a chapter leader within the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Foundation. I organize social and formal events for our Cooke community comprising of college scholars and Alumni within and around the Boston area.
What interested you in specializing in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics?
A specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics does not only foster a fundamental understanding of biological processes, but also the tools needed to explore the microscopic universe. As a scholar, I am passionate about exploring the junction where the fields of oncology, stem cell and immunology merge. Independently, these fields are making tremendous strides in knocking down medical barriers, but I believe that fine-tuning our understanding of these complex fields, and the integration of said fields, would bring about a great revolution to biomedical sciences.
What’s your favorite Biology course & why?
It is a very difficult choice to put one biology course over another, but what I can say is that I tend to enjoy advanced undergraduate and graduate level classes a lot more. Yes, the materials are generally more intense than regular course work, but the smaller lecture size promotes problem-posing and interactive models of teaching that makes for a better learning environment.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I am working towards the goal of obtaining an MD-PhD with an emphasis on regenerative medicine and stem cell. For the next two years, I plan to work in a lab here in Boston to supplement my knowledge of biology with cutting-edge research experience.