Meet Our Alumni

Mallory Ellingson, MPH

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia

"My minors, biology and global health, gave me more subject matter expertise in addition to skills in the field that I decided to pursue a graduate degree..."

Gina Pang

Resident Physician in Internal Medicine, Atlantic Health System, Summit, NJ

"Being a Biology graduate prepared me for medical school courses and research methods concepts which were also important for Master in Public Health coursework."

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."

Lincoln Larson

Assistant Professor, NC State University — Raleigh, NC

"...the biology knowledge and skills you develop at Duke will serve you very well in any science-oriented profession."

Student, University of Buckingham Medical School — United Kingdom

"Sound foundation of biological sciences and learning how to write scientific papers made the transition into medical school much easier."

Kenneth Liu

4th Year Student at University of Alabama School of Denistry — Birmingham, Alabama

"Research experience is valuable, especially if you plan to go to medical school, dental school, or any other graduate school."

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."

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."

Senior Env. Analyst, Entergy — New Orleans, LA

"Studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica helped me prepare for my environmental masters degree."

Claudio deBarros

Pediatrician (Private Practice Owner), Pediatric Medical Care, Inc.

"The name on the degree definitely got my foot in the door for med school interviews..."

Dylan Ryan

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

"...Duke allowed me to craft my own path and combine my interests."

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

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

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."

Educator, Durham Public School — Durham, North Carolina

"Take courses that pique your interest, not necessarily only ones that might look best to medical/grad schools."

Alexander Apple

Orthodontist, University of Penn., Philadelphia, PA

"I advise biology students to explore opportunities at the marine lab to get a better hands-on lab experience and explore the sciences from a truly unique perspective."

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."

Gaurav Sen

Deloitte Consulting LLP — New York, New York

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

Angel Qin

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan

"I would carefully review all of the different class descriptions because there are so many different paths one can take to attain a degree in Biology."

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."

Briana Mittleman

Doctoral Student, University of Chicago — Chicago, Illinois

"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."

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