Advances in medicine are built on a foundation of basic research, and Missia Kohler wants to contribute to both fields. After completing her studies at UGA, she plans to enroll in an M.D. /Ph.D. program so she can do basic research that relates to the medical field. She’s already working on a project that aims to use knowledge gained from cellular biology research to develop a new early diagnostic test for cancer. The aspiring physician stays busy with her class work, research and extracurricular activities, but still finds time to kick back with friends and watch, what else, Grey’s Anatomy.
Part of the mission at the UGA Cancer Center is to educate the next generation of researchers. Here are just a few of the Amazing Students at the UGA Cancer Center.
The chance to conduct research through UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) was just too good for Marcus Hines to pass up. He’s now doing cutting edge pancreatic cancer research and planning on pursing an M.D. and a Ph.D. after graduation. Inspired by trailblazers such as Donald Hollowell, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, Hines aims to use his experiences to help heal individuals and search for solutions to some of the world’s most intractable health problems
Erika Martinez-Uribe has made sure that she has taken full advantage of the UGA experience. Erika is a biology major who has conducted research at the university's the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and next year will begin medical school at the Medical College of Georgia.
Sonia Talathi’s interest in health and medicine ranges from the cellular mechanisms involved in prostate cancer to global health education campaigns. She’s presented findings of research that she started as a freshman at a national Society of Toxicology meeting and is working to get her findings published in a peer-reviewed journal. She’s also presented research findings in Costa Rica and has traveled to Uganda, where she did medical volunteer work and was inspired to focus on public health in developing nations. A double major in cell biology and broadcast news, she plans to attend medical school and then travel to developing countries to help them set up health news networks to disseminate information that can keep people healthy.
To learn more about research opportunities for students, visit our For Students page.