Audrey Odom John, B.S. 1996

Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases, UPenn, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

1996 Major: Biology; minor in Chemistry; 2002 Ph.D., Biochemistry; M.D. (2003)

How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Was extremely well prepared for my subsequent MD PhD and career as a physician- scientist. Over the years, my lab’s research has taken a number of surprising turns, and I have always felt like I had a solid foundation on which to develop our new interests"

What advice would you give students in Duke's Biology programs? 

"Take electives within your major that stretch your wings. One of the most inspiring and useful classes I took was Molecular Plant Physiology- there weren’t a lot of other pre-meds in the class (they all took animal phys), so class size was smaller and we really knew the profs. And now I study malaria parasites- turns out they have a lot of cell and molecular biology that is plant-like, so that course came in very handy (I still have the textbook on my office shelf!)"

Audrey Odom John