Name: Mai Abdel-GhaniMai
Undergraduate School: George Mason University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
MS Program/Concentration: Pharmacology
Hometown and/or Current City: Falls Church, Virginia

Why did you apply to Georgetown University?
I applied to Georgetown University because it offers numerous research opportunities for their students. Applying knowledge to a field of study beyond the classroom allows students to think critically and excel in their respective fields.

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 have a keen interest in genetic research and pharmacology. During my time at Georgetown University, I would like to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of genetic differences, its underlying molecular mechanisms, and its role in drug metabolism. This will allow for a greater degree of personalized medicine.

What is something interesting or unique about you that very few people know?
I started genetic research as a junior in high school at Children’s National Medical Center.