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Cornell Summer Research and Leadership Program

Jennell Bigrigg

The Ohio State University, Class of 2010

Background: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. As an undergraduate, I attended Bowling Green State University where I majored in biology. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University where I completed a master's degree, specializing in aquatic ecology. Specifically, my project focused on migration and homing patterns of Lake Erie walleye. In my final year of graduate school, I decided to go to veterinary school, and it was then that I applied and was accepted to OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, I am a second year student and am enjoying my time and can't believe how fast it has already flown by. In addition to classes, I also work in the college's retroviral laboratory and am currently evaluating the efficacy of HDAC inhibitors as a targeted therapy for adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma.

Interests: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, traveling, running, the outdoors, and anything that keeps me active.

Career Goal: After graduation, I intend to continue my education in a Ph.D./residency program and eventually pursue a career in research. Although my specific career goals are still in the developmental process, I am particularly interested in research on the interface of human and animal medicine and hope to incorporate these interests in a future career. I look forward to the Cornell Leadership Program and hope it will help me to narrow down my interests.