Biomedical Graduate Education
Student Profiles

Dawn Payne

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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.

About Dawn

Dawn Payne is a student in the Master’s in Clinical & Translational Research at Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE). She is originally from Newark, Delaware, and moved to the DC to pursue her undergraduate degree at Howard University. Dawn’s interest in the biomedical field began in high school and became her passion ever since.

What made you choose Georgetown University for your MS degree?

Georgetown University has always been highly regarded as one of the finest institutions in the Washington, District of Columbia. When I was considering a program to focus on translational science, I came across the Georgetown-Howard Universities Clinical and Translational Research Master’s program. The program’s curriculum covered various aspect of clinical research and trial design which complemented my goal to gain more knowledge about drug development and clinical trial administration.

What do you hope to do with your degree?

I currently work at Precision for Medicine, a Biotechnology and Bioservices company that provides services to Pharmaceutical Companies all over the world. While working in the Translational Informatics and Biometric Department for my organization, I hope to use my knowledge to effectively work with our partner research organizations and offer more insights in the clinical and translational space. I also plan to continue my academic endeavors and pursue a doctorate degree.

What sparked your interest in the biomedical field?

I have always loved science. However, my biology teacher in high school sparked my interest in the biomedical field. Mr. Rigby’s class made me excited about research and the vast possibilities of scientific discoveries. He encouraged me to take AP Biology and that inspired me to pursue a degree in Biology at Howard University and later pursue a career in Biological Sciences.

What is something you’ve been meaning to try, but just haven’t gotten around to it?

I have an interest in learning more about coding and programming. I am currently looking into courses to get a better understanding of platform development and the programming required for the work my team currently does with biomarker and clinical data.

What do you like about living in DC?

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