Q&A

A conversation between the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society and Laura Dunphy, a third year PhD student in Jason Papin's Lab.

Q: Where did you get your undergrad degree/what degree?

A: I got my undergrad degree at MIT in Biological Engineering with a minor in Economics.

Q: If you couldn’t be a scientist what would you be?

A: If I couldn't be a scientist, I would either a Ben & Jerry's taste tester, or I would be an Environmental Economist! I like working at the intersection of different fields, and I think it would be fun to apply economic theory to write policies that incentivize people to protect the environment.

BME Student Spotlight Laura Dunphy

""I chose UVA for graduate school because of how focused faculty here are on mentoring grad students, and because of the department's strong systems biology research.""

Laura Dunphy, PhD 2020

Q: What made you choose UVA for graduate school?

A: I chose UVA for graduate school because of how focused faculty here are on mentoring grad students, and because of the department's strong systems biology research. I also really liked that most of the grad students in the department maintain a healthy work-life balance throughout their time here.

Q: In one sentence describe your research and highlight any recent accomplishments.

A: My research aims to address the global problem of antibiotic resistance by using a combination of computational and experimental methods to better understand the relationship between resistance and bacterial metabolism. I am currently supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Q: Whats your favorite hobby?

A: My favorite hobbies in Charlottesville include paddle boarding on the Rivanna Reservoir and going to UVa basketball games! Go Hoos!