GSBS Student Profiles of the Week

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Name: Marissa VelazquezPowerPoint Presentation

Program & Concentration:  M.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Expected Graduation Year: 2016

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Why are you interested in biomedical research?
I want to be an oncologist in the future, so having a background in biomedical research will be very beneficial. I am currently doing cancer research and, in the future, wish to contribute to new ways of diagnosis and the development of better cancer treatments.

Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
In five years, I see myself working towards a medical degree.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
I have a big family here in El Paso, so my favorite thing to do is spend time with them. Almost every Sunday, we have a family cookout.

What do you do in your downtime?
I love reading and watching movies, especially documentaries, in my downtime. Any type of documentaries, from history to science, will do.

Three words that describe you:
Honest, trustful, and dedicated.

Something about you that not many people may know:
I’ve recently converted into a Star Wars fanatic, after seeing all six movies this year for the first time in my life.

 

Name: Joshua MedelPowerPoint Presentation

Program & Concentration: Biomedical Sciences

Expected Graduation Year: 2016

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Why are you interested in biomedical research?
As an aspiring oncologist, biomedical research is the foundation for new treatments and innovations in the field of oncology. My main interest in biomedical research is to obtain a strong understanding of how new treatments are developed in the lab, as well as the work that’s required to make them happen and how it all translates to the clinic.

Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
I see myself starting my first year of residency.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Going out to eat at different restaurants with my family.

What do you do in your downtime?
I enjoy weight training, running, and playing golf.

Three words that describe you:
Passionate, empathetic, and dependable.

Something about you that not many people may know:
I strongly dislike scary movies.