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Corinne
Drabenstott

Cohort 9

Hometown: Cary, NC

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest: Synthetic biology



I knew that by choosing CSS, they would help me find the best STEM career path for me while also providing the support I needed to get through it.




WHY did you decide to join the CSS Program and come to Carolina?

I decided to join CSS for the community of people, academic mentorship, and great research opportunities. I knew that by choosing CSS, they would help me find the best STEM career path for me while also providing the support I needed to get through it.


WHAT are you most looking forward to doing during your undergraduate years?

I am most looking forward to making memories with my cohort members. They already feel like my best friends, but I know over the years we will only get closer. I am also excited to start research in a lab sometime soon. Carolina has so many professors doing exciting research, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to work with them.


what is a research topic you are interested in exploring?

My favorite scientific research topic is synthetic biology. It is a field that treats biological mechanisms like mechanical parts, and redesigns them to solve a particular problem. I did a synthetic biology project in high school where we designed a yeast cell to produce spider silk for wound-healing applications. It’s fascinating to me because it is a whole new way of thinking about biological engineering.


WHAT are your future goals?

I would like to pursue a PhD. While my more specific interests may change, I know a career in scientific research is the place for me.