Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences is proud to embrace and support the diverse individuals that make up our community. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion regularly shares interviews with our students, faculty, staff and alumni, highlighting their diverse backgrounds and experiences. We hope that these interviews will help you get to know the many unique and vibrant individuals that comprise GMS.
All about Jhonatan
“That’s been one of my favorite memories, getting to know the people and knowing that you’re not in it alone. Everyone is together; I like that camaraderie.”
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All about Gabriel
“I want to be there for the next generation and help them grow. Teach them to know that everything is possible if they dream big and they work hard enough. I think that is truly what has influenced me, is just my upbringing and the people around me. I want to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.”
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All about Jean-Pierre
“Definitely during my PhD, there were absolutely zero LGBT models around. Like zero. I would have absolutely loved to have had some kind of LGBT mentor back then. I wasn’t necessarily ready to come out then. But knowing that it was possible to be an LGBT scientist, that you could be able to be a successful researcher, a successful postdoc or PhD student while being gay — it would have probably helped me coming out earlier.”
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All about Kim
“Most of the research I’ve been involved with is trying to figure out how we can do better by the LGBTQIA+ community in genetics care and also in our profession. […] Ultimately, my goals mostly stem from hoping to uplift LGBTQIA+ community members’ voices in medicine.”
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All about Monet
“I think the more I started to learn about diabetes, I realized how, at least with Type 2 diabetes, it’s very treatable and preventable. And just knowing how many people it’s affecting, and [having] family members that have it, so that really pushed me to want to do more.”
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All about Greg
““To come through it to this point was rewarding. I think that if anyone’s that passionate about going after something medicine-wise, and they come from somewhere so different, […] it’s entirely possible.”
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All about Ryen
“Eventually, my story shaped itself for me. Now, my goal is to specifically work with survivors of partner abuse, survivors who identify under the LGBTQ umbrella, and individuals who have experienced trauma and systemic oppression. That’s 100% my passion and my goal for why I want to be a dentist.”
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All about Dr. Brady
“….if you’re an LGBTQI person you are exposed to tremendous diversity within the community across socioeconomic status, education, race and ethnicity. It’s really like being part of a small club or community, you’re more likely to meet very diverse people within the cohort. I think that’s interesting and fascinating.”
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All about Fumi
“I was born in Japan, moved to the states at the age of 3 and stayed until I was 13 years old, so I grew up here for a total of 10 years. Because of that, I would say one of my unique strengths is the mix of growing up in America and living in Japan. I have the ability to communicate both sides fairly efficiently…
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All about Gabby
“I applied to graduate schools in several different states. Ironically, I found that BU was the best fit for me. Boston felt like the right city to obtain my clinical experience, having already worked in two of its major hospitals. Now I’m halfway through my last year at the BU PA Program and I know I made the right choice.”
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All about Alicia
“…BU School of Medicine already had a wonderful Pulmonary Center established and my goal ultimately was to do lung research. That was propelled by the [fact] that my mother passed away from lung cancer, so I really wanted to some type of research with the lungs. Now at the same time, BU School of Medicine, and Boston itself, is quite accessible. There’s Interpreter Service, there’s quite a large deaf community. ”
All About Tina
“…She decided to make the transition to graduate school after working in the pulmonary division of the department of medicine at University of Colorado Anchutz Medical Campus. There, she focused on pulmonary hypertension complications from exposure to hemoglobin. After 5 years in the pulmonary division and two first author papers, she decided to attend Boston University for graduate school...”
All About Kathryn
“…I was very much inspired to use pharmacological methods to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. So, I specifically learned about the Pharmacology program here at BU. I had previously participated in the [STaRS] summer research experience here during my junior year and I was able to work in the Pharmacology department. That was a great experience…”
All About Olivia
“How did I find myself here? I wasn’t seeking it. I was following my nose; looking for a lab that was a good lab environment. I was attracted to the science because of the challenge. Biophysics is a really intimidating field. I liked the challenge, but also it’s very interdisciplinary…”
All About Dennis
“In my current lab I hope to get even closer to looking at human disease by collaborating with clinicians here at the medical center to get an idea of what goes on in human cancer progression. “
All About Keshia
“I hadn’t realized how complex cancer was or how many different angles there could be to approaching the same problem. Finding my own niche in that space and then trying to connect it to other things I’m interested in like immunology and stem cells has been invigorating for me…”