Samantha (Sam) Franklin
Current Institution: Texas A&M University
Hometown: Hempstead, TX
Fields of Interest:
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Medical Genetics- Human and Animal
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
I did an NSF REU in the Entomology Department, although I found out that I wasn’t such a fan of bugs, I found genetics to be fun! Working with Dr. Hillhouse at TIGSS really solidified my decision to pursue a graduate degree in genetics.
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
I have really enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at TAMU and found the Genetics program to have everything that I was looking for!
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I’d like to research disease genetics.
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.
I shoot archery on the Texas A&M Collegiate archery team. We’re the 21 time and reigning national collegiate champions, and I really have enjoyed shooting with the team!
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I just got a corgi puppy, her name is Minnie Winnie, and we’ve been exploring campus this past semester!