Name: Selena Chacón Simon
Country: Costa Rica
Mentor: Craig Lindsley
I’m a chemistry student in Universidad de Costa Rica and I’ll be finishing the bachelor degree next July 2014. In Costa Rica I work as a research assistant in a natural products laboratory. I decided to apply, as soon as I found out about it since I am close to graduating. This program enclosed all my interests; therefore, I thought that I would have the opportunity to know if biomedical research is what I really enjoy and if I was able to adjust to settle down on my own (step outside of my comfort zone).
The focus of research in Lindsley research group is drug discovery, medicinal chemistry and synthetic chemistry (total synthesis). I worked doing a total synthesis of a natural compound that might be able to work as an anticarcinogenic, my tutor always made sure that I was understanding what I was doing and more important, why I was doing it.
Nashville is a great city, you’ll find out very soon that everybody wants you to feel at home. This program has been the best experience so far, I’m now convinced that biomedical research is what I am passionate about and I’m definitively very interested in drug chemistry. So far I plan to apply to the VISP and others MD/Ph.D. programs.