Meet Our Alumni

Lauren Whitted

Clinical Research Coordinator, Children's Hospital Los Angeles — Los Angeles, California

"...try to find a mentor at Duke in your major. This person can help you find a job after school or give you career advice."

Adriana Guzman Holst

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, LATAM — Republic of Panama

"The laboratory courses and seminars were key to help me shape my techniques and my critical analysis and public speaking."

Alexander Stine

Duke University, Cognitive Neuroscience Program

"While it might not feel like it, there are countless opportunities for you to influence the health and lives of others without earning an MD."

William Knechtle

Strategic Services Associate, Duke University Health System

"I have found that a bachelor's degree in biology is more valuable in academia and biology or life sciences industries than it is in a clinical / health services setting."

Gaurav Sen

Deloitte Consulting LLP — New York, New York

"Biology allowed me to develop a scientific approach to problem solving."

Drew Schwartz

Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis Children's Hospital

"Perform research, take a broad array of classes including areas in which you may only be peripherally interested."

Molly Grace

University of Central Florida

"During my BS in Duke Biology, I learned skills that gave me the equivalent of a Masters at many other institutions!"

Dennis Chen

Physician, University of Michigan Health System

"I would encourage all students to take advantage of the broad liberal arts curriculum options available at Duke to explore and develop a variety of academic interests."

Medical Doctor (Oncologist), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — New York, NY

"It’s actually fun to learn about how biology can be applied to improving patients’ lives."

David Chi2009

Plastic Surgery Resident, Washington University / Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, Missouri

"The challenging coursework required for a Duke biology degree pushed me beyond rote memorization and mandated that I develop creativity to apply principles to novel never-seen-before situations."

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School — Boston, MA

"Studying at Duke taught me the fundamentals of biology, from physiology to evolution to molecular biology."

Sunny Qiu

MD, Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, Illinois

"(Duke Biology) gave me an edge with med school applications."

Joshua Dearing

Vascular Surgeon, Medstar Hospital System

"Good array of coursework while keeping me on track to be well prepared for medical school and beyond."

University of Hawaii — Honolulu, Hawaii

"My early career launched as a result of courses taken at Duke."

Melissa A. Walker

Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

"Challenge and indulge yourself as an undergraduate."

Erika Gerz

Attending Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai Hospital — New York, NY

"Majoring in Biology at Duke gave me a strong foundation and knowledge of biological sciences, which really prepared me for medical school."

Lindsay Wyatt

Squash & Pumpkin Breeder, Johnny's Selected Seeds — Winslow, Maine

"My time at Duke gave me an enthusiasm for research and confidence in my skills as a scientist, which have helped me greatly in my further education and my career."

Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University — Portland, OR

"(My Duke Biology major) has helped me pursue my medical career."

Margaret Chu

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital — Trinton Falls, New Jersey

"The breadth and rigour of the biology courses that I took at Duke set me up well for academic success in veterinary school."

Ciera Price

Graduate Student, California State University, Dominguez Hills — Carson, California

"Students should know that the program will require dedication and strong work ethic, but can be very rewarding and be a great start to a number of varied  career paths."

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