My name is Adrian and I am a third-year medical student from Denton, Texas. I attended the University of North Texas where I majored in Biology. After college, I pursued a PhD in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt where I investigated the mechanisms mediating sarcomere turnover in human induced pluripotent stem cell derived-cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). I aspire to become a physician scientist in the field of cardiovascular medicine. My decision to attend Vanderbilt stemmed from the strong collaborative support that the medical students have here with physician scientists. I felt that I could not get that anywhere else. The faculty here are truly invested in your success! This year I was fortunate enough to conduct research at the University Medical Center Göttingen in Göttingen, Germany. There I learned how to generate engineered human myocardium from hiPSC-CMs for cardiovascular disease modeling.
As a first-generation minority student, I often have felt lost in the application and transition process. This experience shaped my commitment to the promotion of education, diversity, and inclusion for underrepresented minorities (URM) over the last 11 years. My reason to become an ambassador aims at helping students navigate this very process. At Vanderbilt, I am involved with recruiting and mentoring.