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Alumni Bios

2014

Jaclyn Smith
Undegrad: University of Oregon
Internship: Oregon Health and Science University
Currently at: Oregon Health and Science University

I heard about the program from a friend in a lab I was working in at UO. The most attractive thing about the program was that I could get real world experience, which a lot of master’s programs lack…more

 

2013

Vasha Dutell
Undegrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR – Computer Science & Physics
Internship: Stowers Medical Research Institute
Currently at: Stowers Medical Research Institute

After finishing undergrad, I traveled abroad for a year, and was unsure what to do next. I knew that I wanted to move into Neuroscience, but had little Biology experience, so the program was a great way for me to transition into the Biology, while still using and improving my computer science and programming knowledge, and at the same time learning a VERY employable skill…more

 

Matthew Shum
Undegrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Internship: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, MA
Currently at: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, MA

What attracted me to the program was the field of Bioinformatics itself. Prior to my application to the program, I have never even heard of the term, “Bioinformatics.” (That’s how new the field was!) It was not until my final year of Undergraduate school that a friend and fellow graduate of the Bioinformatics program told me to consider applying. At first, I was mildly intrigued because of the internship component but once I researched the subject, I quickly realized the impact the field was having on biology…more

 

2012

Allison Burns
Undegrad: University of Oregon
Internship: Stowers Medical Research Institute
Currently at: Stowers Medical Research Institute

I did my internship at the Stowers Institute of Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a collective of laboratories funded by a donation from Jim Stowers, a cancer survivor and the founder of American Century Investments. I work in the Baumann lab, analyzing mine and other scientists’ data…more

 

Richard Dannebaum
Undegrad: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
Internship: Stowers Medical Research Institute
Currently at: DOE Joint Genome Institute

When I started I was given a single project. But, near the end of the 9 months I slowly developed into the lab bioinformatics Analyst. I ended up working on several projects, each of which had their own unique twist. I worked very closely with a few people in the lab and essentially collaborated with them on their lab work and discussed aspects of the data that might of been to use to them. I also did a small amount of bench work to try and test some of my own ideas. I worked on a lot of RNAseq data in fission yeast and lizards…more

 

Carly King
Undegrad: Seattle University, Seattle, WA – Biology
Internship: Pacific Northwest National Lab
Currently at: OHSU

I loved the idea of a period of intensive learning and then an opportunity to apply what you had learned at an internship. I also liked the flexibility of the program; that your internship could be miles away from Eugene but you would still be a part of the program because classes were accepted from various institutions. Seattle U is on the smaller side of universities, so being a student at a larger University that had a well-established, rich research community was attractive… more