Meet Our Alumni
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."
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School — Boston, MA
"Studying at Duke taught me the fundamentals of biology, from physiology to evolution to molecular biology."
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."
Pediatrician (Private Practice Owner), Pediatric Medical Care, Inc.
"The name on the degree definitely got my foot in the door for med school interviews..."
Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program, Weill Cornell/Sloan-Kettering/Rockefeller University
"Based on what you learn in the textbook, ask questions until you start to appreciate how much we really don't know and still have yet to learn and discover."
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, UNC School of Public Health, Dept. of Biostatistics and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
"Duke Biology taught me cutting edge approaches in biology and pharmacology that set the basis for my PhD research in biostatistics and genomics."
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."
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..."
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."
MD, Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, Illinois
"(Duke Biology) gave me an edge with med school applications."
University of Hawaii — Honolulu, Hawaii
"My early career launched as a result of courses taken at Duke."
Tiba Health — Durham, North Carolina
"You are never just constrained to conventional biology studies if you look around!"
PhD program, Vanderbilt University
"My biology degree more than prepared me for the rigor of the classes at Vanderbilt."
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."
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."
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University — Portland, OR
"(My Duke Biology major) has helped me pursue my medical career."
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."
University of Colorado Denver Internal Medicine Residency — Denver, Colorado
"(Duke Biology) got me into medical school and gave me the background to excel."
Ophthalmologist, Brumm Eye Center — Omaha, Nebraska
"Become involved with research with a faculty member. It's a great opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of the faculty and to develop critical thinking, technical, and writing skills."
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."