This month’s featured student is Oleksandr (Alex) Gorbatsevych, a Biology major (class of 2012) who is doing research under the direction of Dr. Eckard Wimmer, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Although Alex only recently joined the Wimmer lab, he has dedicated many hours to training in molecular biology and has become immersed in the topic of codon pair bias. He participates in Synthetic Virology meetings and will be completing a thesis for Undergraduate Biology (departmental honors) on: “Competition between wild-type and codon pair Polio virus in HeLa cells.” For the last two years, Alex has also gained clinical research experience, working with Dr. Mark Gudesblatt in South Shore Neurologic where he has contributed data analysis for an upcoming group presentation & publication (pending) at the Multiple Sclerosis Consortium. At the School of Health Technology and Management, Alex completed EMT-Basic training. His future plans are to pursue an MD (or dual MD/PhD) program. Born in Kiev, Urkaine, Alex moved to the US when he was 6 years old. He attended Valley HS in Las Vegas, NV, and graduated from Smithtown HS in Long Island. He credits his parents, both of whom have medical degrees, for inspiring him in many different ways to work hard, to pursue a medical career — and his mother in particular with making him read many classic writers (and the Dictionary!), something which has inspired a love of writing and literature. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing chess, guitar, and writing. Be sure to talk to Alex at the 2012 URECA campus-wide research poster symposium on April 25th!
For the full interview/feature, please go to: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml
Past Researchers of the Month: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/previous.shtml