Our Students

One of the best ways to learn about our programs is through the testimonies and stories of our students and alums. The profiles below highlight the diversity and academic excellence our students bring to our programs while giving prospective students an insider’s view of an academic and research career at Georgetown.

Please also see our Spotlight page that features the fun things that the BGE community has been up to outside of the classroom.

Shiwei Lin

MS in Biostatistics

“This program also allows me to be instructed and work aside world-renowned professors.”


Dane Pizzo

MS in Physiology and Biophysics

“I am most proud of being a first-generation college student. With that being said, my success is largely due to the support of my parents.”


Greg Gallanis

Tumor Biology MD-PhD

“There are so many unanswered questions in the understanding and treatment of cancer; to me, the great need for discovery is a calling toward which I feel driven to respond and dedicate my career.”


Travis Day

MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases

“Being in Washington, DC, at a highly-recognized institution, has allowed me to build connections with individuals and career professionals that I would not have had the opportunity to meet anywhere else.”


Lismary Real

Lismary Real

MS in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy

“When I was looking into MS degrees, I wanted a program that taught me more than just science, but something that could inspire my future plans.”


Sally Huang

Sally Huang

MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases

“Located in Washington D.C., I know I can rely on my education being up to date with the latest news and policies to influence what and how I learn.”


Ariana Turk

MS in Integrative Neuroscience

“From then on I wanted to continue to learn and thinking critically about science, pursue further education and hopefully a career in the biomedical field.”


Taylor Schulte

MS in Clinical & Translational Research

“I found the CTR curriculum to be a perfect fit for me, my background, interests and career goals. The program spans topics such as ethics, epidemiology, clinical research administration, and project development, in order to provide a truly comprehensive base for a career in clinical research.”


Lauren D’Ortona

MS in Integrative Neuroscience

“The best part about my program is all of the other students in it – everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other; I am always impressed by the knowledge and diverse experiences each of my classmates brings to our program, and I am lucky to work and learn alongside them!”


Grant Kern

MS in Systems Medicine

“I am hoping to use my master’s degree to improve how we can prevent, detect, and treat diseases.”


Eric Witherspoon

PhD in Pharmacology

“The faculty and students within the Pharmacology department have a camaraderie that makes doing research special, which you don’t often see at other institutions.”


Aminah Sané Ghaffar

MS in Complementary & Alternative Medicine

“My hope is to go to medical school and to use what I have learned in the CAM program to practice medicine in underserved communities, preferably a Native American reservation. “


Jiachen Lu

MS in Biostatistics

“The Biostatistics program at Georgetown University has various courses taught by experienced professors and faculties.”


Dawn Payne

MS in Clinical & Translational Research

 “I have been in the DC area for about 9 years. I love that it is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures.”


Alison Schug

MS in Integrative Neuroscience

“As a child, I was always asking “why?” In high school, I spent a summer interning at a plant biology lab where I fell in love with research. A desire to understand more about… developmental disorders led me to neuroscience.”


Redab Alnifaidy

MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 “One of my advisors always reminded me that “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” paraphrased from Voltaire. It’s a lesson that has taken me a long time to learn and at times it still falls by the wayside.”


Heidi Coia

PhD in Cell Biology

“If you have chosen this path, take interest in what you are doing, get involved in organizations, meet people in your field and out, and keep following the things that really excite you about science.”


Orrianne Morrison

MS in Physio-Complementary and Alternative Medicine

“Most of all, come in with the understanding that the supportive faculty, staff, and the nurturing environment of the program will allow you to soar as high as you wish if you are willing to put in the work.”


Andrew Grand-Pierre

MS in Biotechnology

“My professors gave me the tools to be able to speak with CEO’s and founders of companies with confidence.”


Alana Lelo

MD-PhD in Tumor Biology

“After graduating from the MD/PhD program here at Georgetown, I plan to enter a residency program in Internal Medicine and then do a fellowship in pediatric oncology and hematology.”


John Campbell

MS in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy

“We live in a world full of disparities. We live in a world where incredible scientific breakthroughs and advancements are available but have still not been translated into policies.”


Nicole Bolick

MS in Physiology

“Some of my past experiences were made possible due to relationships I made through networking at school events.”


Ramy Mitwalli

MS in Pharmacology

“I have always been inspired by the emergence of complexity from the stochastic molecular collisions at the cellular level to the behavior of people interacting in the world.”


Nousha Eshaghi

MS in Biomedical Science Policy

“I have always had a strong passion for practicing medicine and pursuing biomedical research, and I came into the program with a strong belief that the concepts we cover within Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy will give me a fresh perspective how health policy and bench research affect the lives of patients and medical practitioners.”


Jared May

PhD in Microbiology & Immunology

“The research diversity and scope of work being done here has allowed me to do rotations in fields of research that interested me before ultimately settling on my final thesis research.”


Benjamin Oster

MS in Biotechnology

“Naturally, not possessing a biology, chemistry, or biochemistry background makes the curriculum challenging, but very few individuals have accomplished something worthwhile by taking the easy route…”