Student Spotlight: Michelle Kalu, Class of 2018
Learn more about the involvements, accomplishments, and aspirations of our outstanding undergraduate students
Why did you decide to major in PharmSci at UCI?
I came to UCI knowing that I wanted to learn about how drugs interact with the body to cure diseases. I wanted to learn the science behind pharmaceuticals and various diseases, and also how different school subjects work together to provide solutions to current health issues. I felt that UCI was the right place to learn all these things.
What clubs/activities are you involved in at UCI?
I am currently involved in the Minority Science Program which is a research program that helps underrepresented students gain the skills they need to become successful biomedical scientists. Under this program, I perform research and help other students be successful in their research as well.
What do you find exciting about pharmaceutical sciences today?
I am really excited about the integration of new technologies into pharmaceutical sciences today. There are more and more instances of approved “smart” drugs that use mobile technology and nanotechnology to improve diagnostics, drug delivery, etc.
What PharmSci faculty member or class is most memorable and why?
The Biopharmaceutics and Nanomedicine lecture and lab series (PHRMSCI 174 and PHARMSCI 174L) were the most memorable for me. I loved learning about various drug delivery systems and how they could be improved. I also loved that I was able to apply the things I learned in lecture in the lab, where we tested the effect of various therapies on cancer cells.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to obtain a PharmD/PhD dual degree to become a pharmacist and biomedical researcher.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
In my free time, I love to explore new food places with friends, watch movies, and sing.
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