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Pre-Health Memoirs

Every spring, the Pre-Professional Advising Office hosts the Pre-Health Memoirs, a weekly speaker series featuring current and recently graduated UGA students who have just been accepted into a health professional school during the last cycle.

Each student will share their specific story about their time at UGA and offer advice/guidance about preparing to apply, the application process, interviewing, taking a gap-year, exam prep, research, and more!

2019 Speakers

(in order of scheduled presentation)

 

Bianca Godwins

  • Speaking on March 25 at 5:00PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Graduated: 2017

Bianca Godwins graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017. During her time at UGA, she was involved in multiple leadership, volunteer, research, and entrepreneurial activities including her roles as a mentor for LSAMP and the Athens Insight Program, a CURO researcher in Dr. David Peterson’s Infectious Disease laboratory, the Vice President and Outreach Chairperson for The African Student Union and a Makeup Artist for a self-started makeup artistry business. As ASUs Outreach Chairperson, she coordinated 2 large-scale philanthropic events that provided an educational scholarship to a Ghanaian woman and rose campus awareness for modern day sex-trafficking. As a CURO researcher, she studied the adhesion mechanisms of Plasmodium falciparum on red blood cells. In addition, Bianca recently obtained her Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences at UAB. Beginning Summer 2019, Bianca will be pursuing dual MD/MBA degrees at UAB School of Medicine & Collat School of Business to, one day, become a Chief Medical Officer.”

 

Torie Livingston

  • Speaking on March 25 at 5:00PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Biology
  • Graduated: 2016

Torie Livingston graduated from UGA in the Spring of 2016. After experiencing first-hand the detrimental effects of health disparities within rural/impoverished communities, she decided to give up her athletic scholarship and transfer to UGA in hopes of pursuing a career in medicine. While at UGA, she participated in organizations such as LeaderShape, Oasis Catalico and volunteered at Athens Regional Medical Center all while participating in intramural sports and working as a volleyball coach and attendant at the YMCA. Post-graduation, she had the opportunity to work within healthcare as a medical assistant and phlebotomist, become a mentor at Girls Inc. of Atlanta and pursued a Master’s degree from Brown University. It was during these years that she began to understand the complexities of the healthcare system and develop a passion for patient advocacy. She will be attending the University of Florida College of Medicine next fall where she hopes to combine her passion for mentorship and advocacy with the medical skills and knowledge she needs to one day give back to the communities that need it most.

 

Kaitlyn Kennedy

  • Speaking on April 10 at 4:30PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Microbiology
  • Graduating: 2019

 Kaitlyn Kennedy is a fourth-year from Johns Creek, GA pursuing a degree in Microbiology with a minor in Sociology. She is the current co-president of AMSA, and spends her free time volunteering as a permanent camper with the Guide Dog Foundation and swimming for UGA Club Swim! Throughout her undergraduate career, Kaitlyn gained clinical experience by volunteering with Shifa Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospice House and traveled to Cusco, Peru for a MEDLIFE mission trip. She was also involved with microbiology research in Dr. Starai’s lab and studied abroad in Tanzania where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Through her classes in sociology and volunteering experiences, Kaitlyn has learned how access to healthcare is influenced by a variety of factors. She is passionate about women’s health and plans to pursue a career as an OB-GYN for particularly vulnerable populations.

 

Mariana Rodriguez

  • Speaking on April 10 at 4:30PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Graduating: 2019

Mariana Rodriguez is a fourth-year Biological Science major and French minor from Atlanta, GA. Her pursuit of a medical career began with her desire to join her passion for providing care and attention to underserved populations with her passion for understanding the intricate processes of the human body. At UGA, Mariana is heavily involved with the Catholic Center serving to disciple college women in addition to working as a Resident Assistant. Along with her undergraduate studies, she researched the effects of vitamins and minerals for mesenchymal stem cell development in the Poultry Science Department where she published her work. During her time off from school, she volunteers at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as an interpreter for underserved families. Mariana will begin her medical career in July at Emory University and hopes to provide support and insight to other students in the pre-medical track during her remaining time at UGA.

 

Shivani Rangaswamy

  • Speaking on April 10 at 4:30PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Biology & Anthropology
  • Graduating: 2019

Shivani Rangaswamy is a senior at the University of Georgia pursuing degrees in Biology and Anthropology. During her undergraduate career, she served on the boards of ServeUGA & RefUGA, volunteered at Mercy Health Center, and interned at several non-profits including Pack to Plate, Archway Partnership, and the International Rescue Committee. She was also actively involved in student-led teaching initiatives as a peer learning assistant, biology teaching assistant, and an athletic tutor. Through these programs, she was able lead a community health project in rural Georgia, create a service networking conference, and develop competencies in teaching and mentoring. These experiences re-affirmed her passion for medicine and led her to develop additional interests in science education, non-profit management, and cultural studies, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career as a physician. In the fall, she plans to attend either Johns Hopkins or Columbia University School of Medicine to pursue a path to academic medicine.

 

Manasa Kadiyala

  • Speaking on April 17 at 6:00PM in MLC 367
  • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Graduating: 2019

Manasa Kadiyala is a senior at UGA from Johns Creek, GA majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and minoring in Spanish. During her time in college, she has served as an undergraduate admissions ambassador through the Georgia Recruitment Team, volunteered at Mercy Health Center, worked as an Honors TA, and co-founded Athens Prison Tutorial, an organization dedicated to serving the interests of incarcerated populations in Athens, GA through regular educational programming. She has conducted research in a variety of disciplines, from cancer glycobiology to orthopedics, at the UGA Cancer Center, New York University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. Manasa has also traveled abroad to Tanzania, Thailand, and India to explore their diverse cultures and healthcare practices. In her free time, she loves to sing, dance (especially Zumba), and spend time with family and friends. She plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2019 to pursue a career in academic medicine.

 

Anita Qualls

  • Speaking on April 17 at 6:00PM in MLC 367
  • Major: Biology
  • Graduating: 2019

Anita Qualls is a fourth-year from Johns Creek, Georgia pursuing a degree in Biology with minors in Spanish and Nutritional Science. Next year, she will be a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge studying how immune cells in the uterus change during pregnancy in order to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Medical Sciences. She will attend medical school the following fall. While at UGA, Anita has enjoyed her involvements as an Honors TA, co-leader of the Medicine in Literature book club, co-founder and president of Health 4 Kids, and Leonard Leadership Fellow through the Institute of Leadership Advancement (ILA). Off campus, Anita studied abroad in Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand and participated in research internships at Harvard Medical School and New York University Langone Medical Center. Research opportunities through CURO and the Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) played an integral role in Anita’s experience working in Dr. Jarrod Call’s skeletal muscle dysfunction laboratory since her freshman year. She has presented at 13 research conferences and has contributed to 6 publications, included one first-author paper.

 

Trisha Dalapati

  • Speaking on April 17 at 6:00PM in MLC 367
  • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Anthropology
  • Graduating: 2019

Trisha Dalapati is a fourth-year student from Roswell, GA and is majoring in Anthropology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. She is also pursuing M.S. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with a focus on infectious diseases. She was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Julie Moore’s lab and studied malaria during pregnancy using in vitro and ex vivo models of the placenta. Trisha has been involved with the Biochemistry Undergraduate Society, the Lunchbox Garden Project, Campus Kitchen at UGA, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She is currently interning with the Office of Service-Learning. Trisha has studied abroad in Oxford, England and Bali, Indonesia and interned at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Trisha will attend medical school in fall 2019 and will continue with basic science and translational research.

 

Michael Morganimani

  • Speaking on April 23 at 5:00PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Graduating: 2019

Michael Morgan is a senior from Alpharetta majoring in biochemistry and minoring in sociology. Michael has been involved in several organizations during his time at UGA including UGA Miracle, Student Alumni Council, and Extra Special People. He has also served as VP of Recruitment for Muse UGA, an organization that provides music education and mentorship to Athens-Clarke County middle schoolers. Michael has conducted several semesters of research under Dr. Walter Schmidt in the Biochemistry Department. His work focused on studying post-translational modifications of CAAX proteins-one of which, Ras, is the cause of nearly 1/3 of all human cancers. Along with receiving the 2016 CURO Summer Research Fellowship, he has received a publication in Genetics for his research. He has also gained valuable clinical experience during the past two summers working as a surgical technician for an oral surgeon back in his hometown. In his free time, Michael loves to play music, primarily as the drummer for the Athens-based band Light Brigade.  He also enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends. Michael will be attending Medical College of Georgia in Augusta this upcoming fall where he hopes to take his passion for people and science and put it to practice as a future physician.

 

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Joshua Wilkes

  • Speaking on April 23 at 5:00PM in MLC 250
  • Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Graduated: 2017

Joshua Wilkes graduated from the University of Georgia in the Spring of 2017 with his B.S in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. His love for emergency medicine developed as he was working in the emergency department in Fitzgerald, Georgia as a CNA. In his time at UGA, Joshua was an undergraduate researcher at the CCRC under Dr. Michael Pierce. His work was focused on the binding specificities of Human Intelectin I & II. New types of lectins with a high affinity for S. pneumoniae glycans and putative functions in innate immunity. He spends most of his free time playing for the UGA racquetball club, shadowing rural physicians, and working as a bartender in downtown Athens. Joshua will be attending Mercer University School of Medicine in the fall to study emergency medicine. He hopes to use his passion for medicine to help in the medically underserved rural areas of Georgia.