Dylan Ryan

2015 Major: Biology and Chemistry; Concentration: Cell and Molecular Biology; Minor: Religious Studies

Currently: Medical Student, University of Kentucky College of Medicine — Lexington, Kentucky

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

"Duke offers a diverse group of Biology course offerings and concentrations that allowed me to become a well rounded student and approach scientific questions from multiple lenses. With a wide variety of research opportunities as well, Duke allowed me to craft my own path and combine my interests. With this background I was able to reach out to find research interests in medical school that would help me become a more well rounded physician, but ones that I could also approach with a foot on the gas. The interdisciplinary approaches used also better prepared for the approaches needed when treating a patient and discussing a plan of action with a medical team."

What advice would you give students in Biology?

"Own your education. Duke offers so many different classes and majors that you can really control the direction of your education. There are ways to combine approaches in different departments and find ways to focus on what interests you between two completely separate fields, and that makes the Duke experience a unique one. There are many different pathways and trails you can take, but there are many ways to make your own path and trail; I suggest exploring those options."