As the eldest of thirteen children and daughter of a Nephrologist, I have always been intrigued with finding new cures or solving the medical problems of the world. I graduated honors in 2010 from Northern Virginia Community College with three associates degrees (A.S. in Science, A.S. in General Studies, and A.A. in Speech Communication).

During my time at community college, I volunteered as a student leader and worked in a Cell Biology lab. I transferred to the University of Virginia in the fall of 2010 and am currently completing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in English. I am an EMT-B at the Charlotesville Area Rescue Squad and the Program Director for the Meadowcreek facility for disabled people. My goals are to become a surgeon (not sure what kind yet) and work in areas that are short of doctors. I really enjoy genetics and working with fruit flies. Working with Drs. Paul Adler and Yan on diet-induced mitochondrial dysfunction in fruit fly is extremely exciting and promising to me. I hope that doing cardiovascular research using fruit fly models will help me decide my medical future.

Hajirah Ishaq
Undergraduate Student

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