Engaged from the Outset
As Michael experienced, Guilford is committed to connecting world-class faculty with students through small class sizes and opportunities for student-led research from early points in a student’s academic career.
“My work in the Chemistry department taught me how to perform independent research — how to identify an interesting problem, assess the current state of knowledge, and find a way to address an unanswered question,” he says. “Furthermore, my training in Mathematics and computational physical chemistry prepared me well for my current research in bioinformatics and genomics. The individual attention I received from my professors helped me combine these two areas of study in a way that prepared me well for my current research.”
Michael is now working on his residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He plans to work as a medical oncologist and start a research lab in cancer genomics, with the ultimate goal of taking the scientific community’s understanding of tumor biology and making it clinically relevant, improving the care of patients with cancer.
To all Guilford students, future doctors or otherwise, he says, “Pursue the ideas that fascinate, excite and confuse you. Be ready to try something new, and be open to whatever you find. It's hard to predict where new opportunities will take you.”