Kirsten first became interested in science in the eighth grade, when
she took a health sciences class taught by an inspiring teacher. She went
on to study biology in college and graduate school. While in graduate school,
Kirsten decided that she wanted to become a doctor because she was interested
in disease and the processes that cause disease.
Kirsten is now in medical school at the University of California San
Francisco. She is considering combining her medical knowledge with her previous
research skills in order to obtain a position in medical research.
Aneil spent his first two years in college as a pre-med and philosophy
student. Then he spent the summer of his sophomore year doing research in
a lab, where he became interested in biology. He then switched his major
and received a degree in biochemistry.
Aneil is currently a graduate student at the University of California
San Francisco. He is using computers and video equipment to study nerve
growth cone motility because this process helps in understanding how nerve
cells connect to each other. When he finishes graduate school, Aneil plans
to go into teaching or research.
When Aaron started college, he was going to be an Art History major.
While in school, however, he took many different types of courses and finally
realized that his main interest was actually biology.
Currently, Aaron is a fifth-year graduate student at the University of
California San Francisco, where he is working in a lab that investigates
mutation during cell division and mitosis. After he finishes his PhD, Aaron
plans to do a postdoctoral fellowship and then get a job in either academia
Dana has been interested in biology since high school. In college, however,
she was torn between majoring in dance and biology. She finally decided
on biology and went on to complete her Master's degree.
Dana is now working in a lab at the University of California San Francisco.
For several years, she investigated ways in which to genetically engineer
proteins that would interfere with the way other proteins interact. She
is currently studying how and when yeast cells divide.