I was always fascinated by biology, but in high school, I thought the only viable career path in biology was to become a medical doctor. Since I hated blood I knew this wasn’t right for me, and I resigned myself to finding some profession outside science. Luckily, I participated in a three-year science research program through my high school that exposed me to the possibilities of a research career. I read primary literature, networked with experienced scientists, designed and conducted novel experiments, and presented my findings to others. Without this research experience, I never would have known what scientific opportunities were possible, and I would certainly have not become the budding scientist that I am today.
Tyler is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Columbia University Medical Center in Microbiology and Immunology. He received his Masters from Columbia in May and graduated with a Bachelors’s (BA) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Drew University in 2018. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant.