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Sam LaMagna

Sam LaMagna


Department: undecided
Advisor: undecided

Research Interests

I joined the MD/PhD program at Upstate in 2017. I am a graduate of Queens College CUNY, receiving a bachelor’s degree in both neuroscience and philosophy in 2016. I was drawn to the MD/PhD route because of my interest in pursuing fundamental questions of biology and biomedical science, as well as my desire to treat patients.

I originally applied to Upstate primarily because of the excellent Center for Vision Research here. During my interview, however, I found that Upstate had more to offer me as an MD/PhD student. Everyone, from faculty to students, was incredibly friendly and welcoming. I knew that Upstate would be a supportive and nurturing place for me as a student. My first rotation is in the lab of Dr. Barry Knox. Outside of academics I enjoy reading (mainly philosophy and history books), painting, drawing, and playing my guitar and drums.