Name: Orrianne Morrison orrianne

What undergrad school are you from, and what was your major?:
I graduated from Spelman College where I majored in Biology.

Why did you apply to Georgetown University?:
Georgetown University provides its students with a vast array of opportunities to experience academic rigor and to be exposed to cutting edge information across disciplines. In addition, Georgetown University is also home to a variety of state-of-the-art resources and is equipped to facilitate the learning of all of its students.

What are you studying here at Georgetown University?:
My program of study is Physiology and Biophysics with a concentration in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

As a Hoyas for Science recipient, you were selected because your application to Georgetown "demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level." What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?:
It is my hope that at the conclusion of this program, my dreams of becoming a physician scientist and educator will have come into clearer focus. Through exposure to the various complimentary and integrative medicine modalities, I hope to further elucidate how I would like to proceed as an aspiring healer and begin to identify a research focus. As student at Spelman College, I was afforded numerous opportunities to develop and share my passion for science. Through my experiences working in laboratories at Spelman College and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), I gained valuable biomedical research skills that may someday allow me to make profound discoveries and positively impact the lives of more people than I could ever serve directly in my lifetime.  While researching the role of vascular endothelial cadherin in sydecan-1 mediated integrin activation at UWSMPH, I realized that the attention to detail, patience, and innovation were all valuable skills would carry over to my practice as a physician scientist. Moreover, I was later afforded an opportunity to study mechanisms that affect uterine blood flow, a factor implicated in preeclampsia and low birth weight babies, and a health concern that disproportionately affect minorities. As a future physician scientist, one of my goals is to dedicate a significant portion of my time to the study of complex and multifaceted diseases that are overrepresented among various minority groups in hopes that my work will someday contribute to alleviating health disparities.

Please share an interesting fact about yourself:
An interesting fact about me is that I have traveled to the South African townships of Masiphumelele and Khayelitsha and hope to return someday to serve as a part of Doctors Without Borders.