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Khusbu Patel

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Biology
Concentration: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
Best Adjective to Describe You: Dedicated

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The professors in this department; they are engaged and committed to helping their students learn and grow as individuals.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Do not be afraid to visit and email professors. They are extremely welcoming and willing to meet with students.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I have learned to be more open-minded and understanding about peoples’ differences and experiences, especially because these experiences are likely different from mine.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been Cellular and Molecular Biology. While it was a challenging class, it solidified my love for molecular biology and aided in furthering my knowledge of laboratory techniques used in this field. 

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Throughout my years, I have been able to explore different fields and take classes that I am interested in rather than specific requirements because of the open curriculum at K.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have participated in the Young Adult Program since my first year at K and currently I am the CES for this program. I am also a leader for Sukuma in Dow this year.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is focused on Parkinson’s disease and understanding the cellular and molecular events that cause α-synuclein accumulation in patients with this disease.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to attend medical school after I graduate from K.

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