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Kirsten M.
Adams

Cohort 1

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Biology and Women's and Gender Studies

Research Interest:



Going through CSS, I learned the full array of possibilities of what I could accomplish as a scientist. The sky is the limit.




GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL:

Meharry Medical College (MD)


WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS?

In the future, I hope to become an MD/PhD physician scientist that focuses on health disparities in women of color.


WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

I was aware of the Meyerhoff Program and its success (and was granted an acceptance). CSS had the same goals and was on a bigger campus with much more to offer in terms of my whole undergrad experience (i.e., D1 athletics, etc). Also, CSS has a more progressive approach in terms of creating a safe and welcoming environment of all communities (i.e., LGBTQ).


WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE OR MEMORY?

I enjoyed living together the first year. My cohort members and I spent many long nights studying that allowed us to bond. We spent a weekend in Virginia with the Meyerhoff and Millennium Scholars which was very fun.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

I was originally focused only on becoming an MD physician in the clinic. Going through CSS, I learned the full array of possibilities of what I could accomplish as a scientist. The sky is the limit.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

While at UNC, I worked in an epigenetics Drosophila lab. My PI was Dr. Gregory Matera in the Genome Sciences Building.