Upon entering St. Lawrence, I was unsure which subject would eventually become my major. However, I knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist. After my freshmen year, I realized that biology was the most appropriate choice because of my interest in the subject and the pre-requisites required for physical therapy programs. I could not be happier with this decision. All of the professors in this department that I have taken classes with have been enthusiastic about their respective subject matters. This quality has made it much easier to learn and to be interested in difficult topics. Furthermore, I have found each professor to be approachable and more than willing to help students in need.
During the summer of 2009 and throughout my senior year, I was fortunate to work in the laboratories of Dr. Joseph Erlichman and Dr. Ana Estevez. My research focused on the neuroprotective effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles in mouse hippocampal brain slice models of stroke. The research topic gave me an interesting perspective on a health condition that I will eventually be treating as a physical therapist. This opportunity not only greatly improved my laboratory skills, but also increased my confidence in discussing and presenting scientific concepts and new ideas.
After graduation I plan on attending the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.