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D’Anne Duncan ’04

“During my undergraduate career, I participated in several research internship programs, including the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Summer Research Program and an internship at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). Pursuing hypotheses-driven experiments through research and course work increased my desire to become a scientist. Due to my increased interest in Neuroscience, I worked with Dr. Daniel A. Peterson, Professor of Neuroscience, on examining the gene expression of neurotrophic factors in neurogenesis and brain injury. I am completed my in Neuroscience at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where I am completing my PhD in the laboratory of Stephen D. Miller, Professor of Microbiology-Immunology.  My PhD research is focused on the understanding the complex interactions between brain cells and the immune system in the neurodegenerative disease, Multiple Sclerosis.  Lake Forest College offers its students an intensive curriculum as well as individualized mentorship, which prepare its students for various post-bachelors career choices, such as obtaining a PhD.”