BBSP welcomes new class of PhD students

On August 10, a new class of PhD students interested in medical and biological sciences arrived to begin a week of orientation. They will receive their first year of science training through the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program (BBSP) before selecting one of the BBSP member PhD programs and selecting a thesis advisor and lab in which to do their thesis research. We spoke to several students about what they are most excited about.

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Undergraduate Institution: Randolph College

Major: Chemistry

Research Interest: Toxicology

"Carolina just blew me away. It was just so impressive when I came for my interview and was able to meet incredible fellow students and excellent faculty members."

Jennifer Rodriguez-Nieves

Jennifer Rodriguez-Nieves

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Major: Microbiology

Research Interest: Immunology

"UNC has a great support system, which is very important to me and my career. I experienced that when I participated in the PREP Program and so I knew I'd find it in BBSP as well."

Darius Bost

Darius Bost

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina A&T

Major: Biology

Research Interest: Genomics/Bioinformatics

"I chose Carolina because of the opportunity to complete rotations and experience different types of research. Plus, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is really cutting-edge."

Kezzia Addo

Kezzia Addo

Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina Central

Major: Pharmaceutical Science

Research Interest: Toxicology

"I like that the program is structured in a way that allows you to explore different disciplines and you aren't required to choose a discipline at the time of admission."

Ricardo Rivera-Soto

Ricardo Rivera-Soto

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

Major: Medical Microbiology

Research Interest: Genetics or Cell Biology

"I loved my year here with the PREP program. I love the people. I love living in Chapel Hill."

Derek Carbaugh

Derek Carbaugh

Undergraduate Institution: Millersville University

Major: Biology

Research Interest: Virology

"The amount of faculty members here doing research in my area of interest was literally five times more than other places I interviewed."

Youli Xia

Youli Xia

Undergraduate Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Major: Genetics

Research Interest: Bioinformatics

"Sometimes while doing experiments your time is not flexible, but with this program there are opportunities to learn new skills and so I am very excited about that."

Manisit Das

Manisit Das

Undergraduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur

Major: Chemistry

Research Interest: Nanomedicine

"I was interested in universities with strong nanomedicine programs and I got to know UNC through my sister who is currently working as a post-doc researcher here."

Emily Madden

Emily Madden

Undergraduate Institution: Centre College

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Interest: Microbiology and Immunology

"After I came here for my interview and got along so well with the faculty and current graduate students, Carolina was an easy choice."

BBSP orientation

Infographic by Rachel Morris/UNC Health Care. 
Photos by Max Englund/UNC Health Care.