Tom Sandora, B.S. 1993

Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician and Hospital Epidemiologist, Boston Children's Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

1993 Major: Biology

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

"My training in biology at Duke set me up for success, facilitating my admission to Harvard Medical School and launching my career in medicine and science. I still have many friends from Duke with whom I remain close, and we value seeing each other whenever we can get together."

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

"Take advantage of the diversity of courses available and choose things that truly interest you (not just things you think you have to do). I still remember being fascinated by Comparative Anatomy, Immunology, and other fantastic classes. If you have the opportunity to explore research (anything from lab-based basic science to clinical research/epidemiology or population health), I encourage trying it - you never know when your interest will be captured by something in a way you didn't expect."

Tom Sandora