Briana Mittleman

2016 Major: Biology, Spanish; Certificate, Genome Science and Public Policy

Currently: Doctoral Student, University of Chicago — Chicago, Illinois

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"I am now a PhD student at the University of Chicago. The strong emphasis the Duke biology department put on reading and discussing primary literature has helped me in my class work and in my research. I feel more connected to the community and more comfortable keeping up on current research questions. In addition, my work as an undergraduate researcher as part of graduating with distinction prepared me for entering my lab here in Chicago."

What advice would you give students in Biology?

"Many fields of biology require an extensive understanding of math and statistics as well as the skills to manipulate large data sets. I advise students to embrace the quantitative side of biology by taking additional math, statistics, and computer science courses. These will help you understand and have control of the data you produce in order to be a more autonomous researcher."