Nikos Lessios, B.S. 2009

Assistant Professor of Biology, Assumption University – Worcester, MA

2009 Major: Biology; minor in Environmental Science

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

"I am now a professor of biology at a small liberal arts university (Assumption University in Massachusetts) due to the help I was was very fortunate to receive from several professors which I worked with. Emily Bernhardt, Sonke Johnsen, and Richard Forward, and many others, all made my time at Duke a formative experience towards becoming a teacher and researcher."

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

"To seek out opportunities which allow you to spend time with professors and graduate students outside of class: helping in their research, getting student jobs which interact with them (in the summer and during the fall and spring semesters). Even if your dream job is outside the field of the job opportunity, keep an open mind and commit yourself for at least a semester: opportunities to try out or learn about new areas of biology are far more limited once you start on more specialized degrees. Take advantage of opportunities such as the Duke University Marine Lab to spend more time in classes that allow you to interact with professors outside a lecture setting. In these small class settings you get a chance to know your classmates"


Nikos Lessios