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Preparing Students to Lead and Innovate
Paul Jones ’18, a neuroscience major and chemistry minor, conducts research in the field of Parkinson’s disease, mentored by Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences Shubhik DebBurman. Professor DebBurman, affectionately known as “Dr. D” by his students, brings to the classroom and lab more than 16 years of experience teaching cell and molecular biology along with neuroscience.
In their collaboration, Paul and Professor DebBurman focus on researching the molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease. Paul will complete his senior thesis under the tutelage of Professor DebBurman—a mentorship that began when he was a Richter Scholar. “I learned that I loved the actual process of research. In the three years that I have been in Professor DebBurman’s lab, I have written and been awarded undergraduate grants, presented research at national scientific meetings, and mentored multiple students.”
Deeply committed to student success, Professor DebBurman’s door is always open for his students to discuss topics that they are learning in the classroom or discoveries that they are making in the lab, or to help map out their plans after graduation. “There’s a ‘special click’ that happens on campus that is created by faculty and students,” says DebBurman. “Lake Forest fosters a collaborative and innovative collegiate environment centered on developing students as scholars, which produces a special fervor that makes us stand out from the rest.”
|“The College’s small classes have benefited me not only academically, but have helped me develop my research and leadership skills. The skill sets that professors help their students cultivate are second to none.” -Paul Jones ’18|
Paul knew that he wanted to attend Lake Forest College for the small class sizes and access to opportunities outside of the classroom. In addition to engaging in cutting-edge research, Paul has been able to run cross-country, join a fraternity, mentor fellow students, and study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Paul plans to attend graduate school to pursue his PhD in the field of neuroscience or molecular biology. “Lab research, paired with multiple classes with Professor DebBurman, has definitely shaped my future career path. The knowledge of the field and the hands-on lab work have shaped my future goal to understand and, hopefully, contribute to curing neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.”
A place like no other, Lake Forest College provides an atmosphere where students can develop deep and meaningful relationships with faculty. The oneon- one relationship that Paul Jones ’18 built with Professor DebBurman enabled him to excel both in the classroom and in the lab.