Alexandra

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How I’ve made the most of my Duke experience

I have made the most of my Duke experience so far by finding amazing mentors, remaining open-minded to new opportunities, and engaging in research. I currently work as a researcher in the Alvarez Lab in the Duke Department of Cancer Biology. My mother currently battles breast cancer, so I enjoy studying tumor recurrence in HER2 positive breast cancer. I am also a Scholar in Marine Medicine, where I am working on a project that isolates anti-cancer compounds from marine organisms. I am grateful to all of my research mentors, as they have helped develop me as a researcher and a scholar.

What I value

I value my family and my friends. I also value community service and mentoring other students.

Where I see myself after Duke

After Duke, I see myself earning my MD/PhD and working as a physician-scientist. I hope to work on research throughout my career that fuses scientific advances in the lab with patient care in the clinic.

How I like to spend my free time

I like to spend my free time playing the clarinet and hanging out with my friends! I also enjoy exploring the Durham area. To de-stress, I love to take spin classes.

My favorite classes at Duke

  • BIO 154: AIDS and Emerging Diseases
  • WR 101: Women's Medicine in Western History
  • CHEM 201: Organic Chemistry 1
  • GLHLTH 101: Intro to Global Health

Resources I love to use at Duke

  • Writing Studio
  • Duke Office of Prehealth Advising
  • Upperclassmen
  • Peer tutoring
  • Duke List
  • MUSER

Co-curricular/engagement experiences

  • SPIRE Fellow
  • Scholar in Marine Medicine
  • Co-founder of Duke Clever Endeavor
  • Duke Honor Council
  • Duke Wind Symphony
  • Freshman Program Director of the Duke Undergraduate Research Society
  • Bass Connections