Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad: Washington University, Biology
2004 Saturday Scholars Participant, University City High School
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the developed world, and any methods to improve recovery after stroke would have profound public health implications. As an MD/PhD student, I study cellular mechanisms of neuroplasticity after brain injury with the hope of advancing therapeutic options for stroke patients. I have the privilege of performing this work at Washington University, a world-renowned stroke center.
Participating in Saturday Scholars as a University City High School student was critical in my decision to pursue medicine. Initially, I was apprehensive about spending several Saturday mornings in a classroom. However, Saturday Scholars quickly became the most anticipated event of my week. Since the program I have pursued a career in medicine without hesitation, and I still experience the same excitement that I did each Saturday morning years ago.
Now, as a Washington University medical student, I have the honor of participating in Saturday Scholars once again as an instructor. Sharing my passion with younger students at a critical stage of their education is an absolute privilege, and I hope many of these students will find the same fascination with biomedical science as I did years ago.