Under a microscope
"I particularly enjoyed learning about the barriers that exist for people in receiving health care, both domestically and internationally, because it is something I did not have a concept of before attending Bucknell."
Danielle Alaimo '12, neuroscience
Class of 2012 update: After graduation, Danielle will be working as a research assistant in the Hematology Oncology section at Boston University Medical Center, where she'll explore the immunological mechanisms that underly the correlation between high-fat diet-induced obesity as a major risk factor for diabetes and atherosclerosis. She plans to become a physician and work in underserved communities in the United States and abroad.
"I have done research with Professor Elizabeth Marin in the biology department -- her research focuses on Hox genes and the development of Drosophila (fruit fly) ventral nervous system. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the intricacies of Drosophila neural development and the various techniques that are required, including dissecting the larvae under a microscope --my favorite part, personally!.
"Additionally, I minored in geography, which might seem like a bizarre combination with neuroscience, but my geography courses allowed me to further explore people and societies. I particularly enjoyed learning about the barriers that exist for people in receiving health care, both domestically and internationally, because it is something I did not have a concept of before attending Bucknell.
"I believe that this combination of studies has given me an incredible liberal arts education and an understanding that in order to solve any societal problems that exist, be in health care or another sector, a multidisciplinary approach must be taken, because all of these problems are quite intertwined with one another."
Posted May 9, 2012