Dr. Maria Esteve-Gasent’s Lab & Dr. James Derr’s Lab
Entrance year: 2014
Hometown: Odessa, TX
“My research is aimed at developing novel molecular tools that can aid in the diagnostic detection of zoonotic tick-borne pathogens. Historically, the utility of molecular diagnostic tools have been limited and have led to gaps in knowledge concerning which pathogens are of most threat. My research introduced a novel tool that can screen for numerous pathogens simultaneously and may aid public health agencies in updating maps depicting high-risk areas of disease.”
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Medical Genetics- Human and Animal
Why did you choose the Genetics Ph.D. program at A&M?
The field of genetics is the foundation for so many other scientific fields. This makes a degree in genetics an indispensable tool when working with interdisciplinary teams. The Genetics Ph.D. program at A&M provides students the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research that better prepares them for an assortment of future endeavors.
What is at least one big lesson you have learned in the Genetics graduate program that you think is widely applicable to your future pursuits?
The Genetics graduate program emphasizes that the field of genetics is quickly expanding and has become highly sought after in the industrial sector. I have learned that pairing your research in genetics with training opportunities in entrepreneurship or business management will better prepare you as a versatile future geneticist.
Fuego or Torchy’s?
Fuego, no question about it. A taco joint that is open 24 hours a day and serves amazing fries will always have my loyalty.