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Preethika Ratnam


How/Why Research? Coming into UNC, I knew I wanted to be involved in research that prioritized addressing health outcomes. When I heard about Dr. Manga’s work in finding sustainable and scalable solutions to treating wastewater, I knew I had to … Read more

Yude Wu


How/Why Research? My research journey began with a curiosity for solving social issues, starting as a research assistant in the Wu Lab at UNC. Here, I applied my analytical skills to projects like the Eating Disorder Genetics Initiative. This experience … Read more

Lewis Russell


How/Why Research? I decided to get involved in research as a way to further explore topics I was passionate about outside of a classroom setting. I first searched for faculty and principal investigators within specific fields of study and reached … Read more

Jeremy Purvis


Jeremy Purvis runs UNC’s Amgen Scholars Program through the Office for Undergraduate Research. Dr. Purvis is a Professor of Genetics and a member of UNC’s Computational Medicine Program. Dr. Purvis earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida, … Read more

Steven Nuzzolo


How/Why Research? I chose to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at UNC because I wanted to gain more from my education outside of my classes; research provided an avenue to explore in greater detail the topics I’ve grown … Read more

Aaron Pattillo-Lunt


Aaron Pattillo-Lunt (he/him) is a Ph.D. Candidate in History, and he studies United States religious and intellectual history in the twentieth century United States. His dissertation project explores the intertwined religious and political histories of fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and liberalism from … Read more

John Boniberger


How/Why Research? I got involved in research because I had a great experience with it throughout my 4 years of high school and wanted to continue my progress at UNC. I got involved by sending cold emails to lab PI’s … Read more

Andrew Phan


How/Why Research? Coming into UNC, I was honestly uncertain of my future goals and where UNC would lead me. Taking NSCI175, an introductory neuroscience course during my freshmen year, I was intrigued by the modern neuroscience research being conducted and … Read more

Mariana Chavez


How/Why Research? I got involved with research because I wanted to experience a learning opportunity outside of a traditional classroom setting. I came into UNC Pre-Med, but really undecided, so it took my first-year to really figure out what I … Read more

Joe Danica Inigo


How/Why Research? I was introduced to the idea of research through some of my older friends who were engaged in projects during my junior year of high school. The idea of being able to delve into the “whys” and “hows” … Read more