Cassandra Buzby (right)
“I am so thankful to have had opportunities to explore both academia and industry aspects of neuroscience research, through co-ops at MIT and Pfizer. Every experience I’ve had at Northeastern has built upon the last – my volunteer experience with electrophysiology in Northeastern’s Brain Computer Interface lab and behavioral work at MIT led to my in vivo electrophysiology co-op at Pfizer – and have culminated in my post-graduate employment at Pfizer. I look forward to pursuing a graduate degree in the future and continuing a career in neuroscience research.”
“While at Northeastern, I played an active part in the Honors Program, Nu Rho Psi, and Husky Ambassadors. At my second and third co-ops at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and Pfizer, I discovered my love for research and a specific interest in the neuroendocrinology of pain and new forms of pain management. This was especially strong in my mind as I walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Northern Spain on my second Dialogue of Civilizations- a hike of 160 miles in two weeks. Those two weeks changed my life forever.”
Elaine will investigate neurodegenerative diseases at Lysosomal therapeutics, Inc. prior to joining a graduate program in Neuroscience at University College London in 2017. She hopes to walk the entire 470 mile Camino Frances and aspires to combine her love of the Camino and interest in the neuroscience of pain to be on the front lines of the next pain management breakthrough.
“In addition to my major, I completed a minor in Marine Science. Northeastern really allowed me to explore all of my interests and gave me a unique perspective on not only research, but patient care as well. BNS has given me incredible insights about my patients and helped me excel during my final co-op in the Emergency Department at Tufts Medical Center. Without the opportunities Northeastern has given me these past five years, I would not be where I am today.”
After graduation, Joanna will be continuing as a Clinical Care Technician at Tufts Medical Center as she applies to Physician Assistant programs.
“Northeastern provides the quintessential educational and professional experience for those who enjoy “learning by doing”, like myself. In addition to completing a minor in Entrepreneurship, the BNS major enabled me to participate in neurobiology research at Northeastern with Dr. Rebecca Shansky and complete three co-ops at Harvard Medical School, where I became a published author on a major scientific publication, traveled to the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago to present novel research findings, and ultimately joined the lab I spent co-op with, as a full-time technician. The BNS & co-op programs, as well as the ubiquitous resources offered throughout Northeastern, have allowed me to excel as a student and young professional; I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Ralph is currently a research technician at the Datta Lab in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, as well as co-founder of Acadalyst, a company devoted to helping academic researchers prepare their research inventions for commercialization.