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Laura Szczesniak

Laura Szczesniak


Department: undecided
Advisor: undecided

Research Interests

I joined Upstate in June 2015 as an MD/PhD student. I am a graduate of SUNY Geneseo ’15 (Chemistry/Spanish), where I carried out research for 3 years. I chose MD/PhD for the ability to translate from the lab to the office. The process of carrying out medical research from start to finish is something that I would love to do after receiving a dual degree. I joined the Wojcikiewicz laboratory in the Pharmacology Department, where I have been studying the interaction of Bok, a Bcl-2 protein family member, and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs).

I chose Upstate because of the relatively small program size and the positive learning environment for students. While there is always friendly competition, everyone looks out for each other, which is nice to know considering our rigorous course load. Syracuse is a great place to live because there are so many different things to do both in and out of the city without having to drive too far.

In my spare time, I like to stay active, play with my dog Stella, or do other outdoor activities like hiking or rock climbing. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.