Growing up, I went through a variety of different ideas of what I wanted to do with my life. I probably went through every field of science, from zoology, marine biology, astrology, biology, veterinary medicine and what I thought would be the decision, medicine. However, I realize soon after starting college that medicine wasn’t the path for me, but rather chemistry. It all started when I transferred to UCF from UF and was able to get a research position within one year of my start date at UCF. It was under Dr. Jonathan Caranto that I found my love for chemistry and was able to finally decide that I wanted to continue my education to get my Ph.D in chemistry/biochemistry and work in either the medical or pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Jonathan Caranto: Assistant Professor
-Chemistry- Biochemistry Track
- I intend to obtain my Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry and possibly work in the medical field, pharmaceuticals, or government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or corporations such as Chevron, Exxon Mobile and Raytheon. My goal is to make an impact in the world, whether it be improving drug interactions to help find a cure to many terminal illnesses, or discovering new sources for drugs, or even helping to create and maintain a healthy environment.
Medicine, Pharmacy, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry
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