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Amanda Bolles

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
Major: Chemistry
Concentration: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You: Energetic

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Biochemistry is the best of both worlds: biology and chemistry!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
My love for both biology and chemistry is what initially drew me to the department. The great classes, amazing faculty, and awesome students are the things that keep me coming back.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Get involved! Be engaged in class and ask questions. Talk to your professors not just about the classes you are taking, but also about career paths or even internship opportunities. Join student organizations like ACS and ASBMB to connect with likeminded classmates and form friendships.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Being an interdisciplinary concentration, biochemistry has numerous real-world applications including athletics, nutrition, medicine, art, psychology—I could go on and on. For me personally, I am interested in pursuing a career in disease research. The biochemistry department is filled with faculty who are well accomplished and experienced in their respective research fields and act as great mentors. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Stop and smell the roses. Academic life at K is extremely rigorous and moves at a quick pace. It is very easy to get caught up in the rush.  My freshmen year I was so focused on the end goal of grades I missed a lot of opportunities to have fun. Now I take time to get to know the people in my classes and connect with fellow biochemists; I also take the time to be involved in science related activities like ACS and ASBMB.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K is biochemistry. I enjoyed learning about the detailed mechanism of the human metabolism and how our bodies respond to environmental stimuli.

What is your SIP?
My SIP focuses on the characterization of inhibition of P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) by Schering 66712.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan on going to graduate school in order to pursue a doctorate in biochemistry.

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