Mary Orczykowski was born and raised in Washington Township, a small town in southeastern Michigan. She graduated magna cum laude from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 2011 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in German Language and Literature. While at Oakland University, Mary discovered her passion for anatomy and a love for teaching. She worked as a teaching assistant in the gross anatomy lab for students in pre-health professional, physical therapy, and nurse anesthesia programs and served as the dissection leader for the course. She also spent a summer in Germany immersed in the language and culture.
Before coming to Boston University, Mary assisted on a research project studying the interactions of ANG II and JAK2 in hypertensive rats in Dr. Amy Banes-Berceli’s laboratory. She also assisted on numerous education research projects under the direction of Dr. Mary Bee. Mary started as a PhD candidate at Boston University in 2012. She is currently exploring her research options within the department. Outside of school, she enjoys travel and yoga.