Shikha Nayar

2014 Major: Biology; Certificate: Genome Sciences and Policy; Minor: Music

Currently: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — New York, New York

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

"Through both the coursework as well as the immersive research experience I had at Duke, I felt well prepared to be an independent researcher as an associate for the first 2 years out of undergraduate education. This has now led me to enroll in a PhD program, where I am using those skills that I have been developing ever since my undergraduate career at Duke."

What advice would you give students in Biology?

"Take advantage of all the resources Duke has, to hone your skills in things you already feel competent in, but also areas that you have an interest in that you may have not been exposed to. Duke's undergraduate research initiatives are so supportive and instructive for young trainees, and I would highly suggest making use of these opportunities, no matter what field!"