Sovia Brown (2012)
VU Mentor: Maureen Hahn
My name is Sovia Brown and I recently completed my Bachelor of Basic Medical Science Degree in Pharmacology at the University of the West Indies Mona campus, located in Jamaica.
Biomedical research has always been an interest of mine and so when my lecturer told me of the VISRA program at Vanderbilt University, I decided to apply as I thought the experience would help me in deciding my future in research. Here in the VISRA program I am working with Dr. Maureen Hahn in the division of Genetic Medicine, whose research is geared toward understanding the physiology of Norepinephrine (NE) signaling with special attention to the impact of NE dysregulation on psychiatric (depression) and cardiovascular diseases.
My experience in Nashville has been wonderful thus far. The beauty of Vanderbilt is astonishing and the resources available to do research are just amazing. The environment in the lab is professional and comfortable and pushes you to want to do better. I would recommend future international students not only to consider participating in the program but also to consider attending this institution to participate in great research.