Melanie Donahue

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Melanie Donahue. Biomedical Researcher. Education. Graduated from Sturgis in 2007 Researched and applied to undergraduate institutions with strong math and science programs Narrowed options to Worcester Polytechnic Institute based on: science and engineering opportunities job placement - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Sturgis Charter Public School Career Day

Melanie DonahueBiomedical Researcher+EducationGraduated from Sturgis in 2007Researched and applied to undergraduate institutions with strong math and science programsNarrowed options to Worcester Polytechnic Institute based on:science and engineering opportunitiesjob placementproject oriented educationquarter systemfinancial aidGot involved: extracurricularsGraduated with a B.S. in Biology & Biotechnology, minor in Mathematics in May 2011

+Undergraduate Research ExperienceOne year internship at the Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility for UMass Medical SchoolOne year Major Qualifying Project (MQP) capstone in the Gateway Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center at WPI Role of SOD and Cathepsin-D in Alzheimers Disease A cascade modelsIncluded final paper and poster presentation documenting findings

+Current WorkResearch Associate in the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute of MIT & HarvardMember of the 20+ person Connectivity Map (C-Map) project team of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, computational analysts, and interns

+C-MapDevelopment of inexpensive genomics platform that combines biology and technology to connect genes, drugs, and diseases using their genetic fingerprintsA publically available Google for genomics research with enormous potential for biological research and drug discovery

+Cell Culture

The maintenance or growth of cells in highly controlled conditions outside of the body

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My Job: Cell PerturbationDaily tasks focus on perturbing cell cultures ranging from skin cancer and breast cancer to neurons and fat cells with viral infections and drug treatments in order to better understand their biology

+=+Career Plans & Additional PreparationVolunteering in the surgical department of Beth Israel Deaconess HospitalCompleting pre-medical coursework through evening classes at Harvard UniversityMCAT & medical school applications for Fall 12 or 13

+Facts & Figure$Biomedical ResearchersBachelors degree or higher and laboratory training requiredJob availability is projected to increase at or above the national average, and average wages range from $30,000 to $80,000 annually depending on education level and experienceMDsRequired education & training includes:bachelors degree (arts or sciences) with pre-medical coursesmedical degreeresidency board certification..between 11 and 16 years of preparationJob availability is projected to increase well above the national average between 2010 and 2020, and wages average above $150,000 annually+