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Accelerated BS-MS Program in Biomedical Sciences at the Biology Department, UNF admits the first student for Fall 2020

Adrianna White, a UNF Hicks Honors College student, joined the newly created accelerated BS-MS Program in Biomedical Sciences. She is the first student to be admitted to the program. With a minor in History and major in Biology within the Biomedical Sciences concentration, Adrianna wants to bring a historical perspective to Biomedical Sciences research. Says Adrianna " I chose the 5 year BS-MS Program in Biomedical Sciences at UNF as I felt that it would provide me with an opportunity to be better prepared for a research career." Her career goals include joining a Ph.D. program in the History of Medicine. Her long-term goals revolve around healthcare, pandemics, infectious diseases and personalized medicine. According to Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program at UNF " Adrianna is an example of the quality of students the Biomedical Sciences Program strives to attract." The Dean of the Hicks Honors College, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, says "It is fitting for Adrianna to be the first admit-she is an exceptional student. She has a stellar academic record and has presented her work at numerous conferences. Furthermore, she has demonstrated outstanding engagement and leadership as a facilitator for the Honors first-year experience course and has served effectively as the president of the Honors Student Union. We are very proud of her." Adrianna will be doing her Masters level non-thesis research at the Mayo Clinic in the laboratory of Marka Van Blitterswijk, MD. Ph.D. Dr. Van Blitterswijk 's research focuses on the genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders. Her research integrates bench work with bioinformatics and biostatistics, including cutting-edge technologies and analyses (such as long-read sequencing and machine learning).


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