Meet Our Alumni

Clara Lee

Medical Student, Emory School of Medicine — Atlanta, Georgia

"Through the intensive basic science courses, such as Molecular Biology and Genetics, I was able to build a solid foundation for the learning I would do a few years down the road in medical school."

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

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

Adrienne Gill

Emergency Management Specialist, Centers fo Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

"Don't shut yourself off to courses or research that may not "fit" with the path you've laid out for yourself because you never know what new experiences may spark within you."

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."

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, Harvard Medical School — Boston, MA

"Studying at Duke taught me the fundamentals of biology, from physiology to evolution to molecular biology."

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."

Senior Env. Analyst, Entergy — New Orleans, LA

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

University of Colorado Denver Internal Medicine Residency — Denver, Colorado

"(Duke Biology) got me into medical school and gave me the background to excel."

Dennis Chen

Physician, University of Michigan Health System

"I would encourage all students to take advantage of the broad liberal arts curriculum options available at Duke to explore and develop a variety of academic interests."

Connie Chai

Commerical Rotation Development Program Associate, Genentech, South San Francisco, California

"A Biology degree helps you develop the analytical and critical thinking skills that are applicable to any job and not just to medical school or research."

Joshua Dearing

Vascular Surgeon, Medstar Hospital System

"Good array of coursework while keeping me on track to be well prepared for medical school and beyond."

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."

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..."

Matthew Brumm

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."

 

Lauren Das

Physician - Radiation Oncology, Beacon Medical Group — South Bend, Indiana

"Duke has definitely opened doors for me by facilitating interviews for other pursuits like jobs and medical school."

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."

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."

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."

Joshua Weiss

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."

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