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Reducing U.S. Bioterrorism Vulnerability Goal of Biomedical Grad Student

February 11, 2019 ­­– Sally Huang (G’19) is a student in the Biomedical Graduate Education program at Georgetown, where she is studying biological agents and bioterrorism, and effective ways to detect, monitor and prevent future disasters from occurring.

Degree Pursuing: Master's in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Georgetown University Medical Center.

Hometown: New York, New York

Undergraduate Degree: Rochester Institute of Technology, 2016

Undergraduate Major: Biomedical sciences; Japanese language minor

Professional Experience: Medical assistant, Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine in New York.

Research Focus: Undergraduate research involved investigating and performing biofilm assays of NTHi (Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae) to better understand its growth rates under a variety of environmental changes, then subsequently working out the underlying implications for the human body. Huang hopes to participate in future research or analysis in the biodefense and national security realm.

Achievements: Speaks Chinese, Japanese, English and Spanish

Why Georgetown? Unlike other programs that I’ve looked into, the Master's in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases is really one-of-a-kind and distinguished from the others. The interactive classes I have with my professors and friends/classmates, the variety of guest speakers invited to our lectures who are top professionals in their field and the interesting coursework assigned further solidifies how Georgetown University was the best choice for me.

Future Goals: My goal is to become an active member of the biodefense and national security field. Whether it is a full-time job, further education in a doctorate program, or both, I hope to contribute new ideas and action to affect change in a world that is becoming increasingly vulnerable to advanced sciences and technology.

Favorite Place on Campus: The rooftop patio outside the Uncommon Grounds in the Leavey Center. It's a serene and relaxing spot to go to individually and with friends.