Name: Emily Ayuso  Emily
Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Undergraduate Major: Biological Sciences
MS Program/Concentration: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown and/or Current City: Herndon, Virginia

Why did you apply to Georgetown University?
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program at Georgetown University has a unique medley of both conceptual and applied coursework.  I especially like the emphasis on Biotechnology and the burgeoning field of Bioinformatics in medical research.

As a DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship 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?
I hope to use this Master’s to gain invaluable laboratory research experience and knowledge on a broad range of topics in biomedical sciences, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.  For example, I hope to gain a better understanding of the opportunities for advanced studies in topics like medical toxicology and systems medicine. I think when I complete this program, I will be able to build on what I have learned and the friendships I have made at Georgetown to take the next step forward in my career path.

What is something interesting or unique about you that very few people know?
When I was little, my dream job was to become an ice cream scooper in Charleston, South Carolina. I was quite serious and spent a lot of beach time concocting some pretty interesting recipes. Though that dream is no longer at the forefront, I still love ice cream very much.