McNair Alum Earns Masters, Continues toward Ph.D

Brittney Dodge graduated from NMU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her McNair Research Internship,  carried out under the guidance of Dr. Alec Lindsay of the Biology Department, produced a paper entitled “The Identification of Unknown Bird Feathers using DNA Barcoding.” Immediately following, Brittney enrolled in a Masters in Biomedical Science program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her thesis was titled “Structure and Function of Bordetella Transcription Factor BpsR.”

Brittney Dodge

Of her master’s degree, Brittney says “It was a long road but I’m thankful I finally got there. I was accepted into Wake’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D program so I have since transitioned and am continuing research in Tom Hollis’s lab, the same lab I began in. No breaks for me!” She received a research assistantship for her Ph.D work and recently was selected for a training grant with the Microbiology and Immunology department, which will help fund her project. She works downtown in a building called Biotech so isn’t on the main campus that often except for visits to the library, which she calls her second home.

She recently got a cat, named Apollo Darwin Einstein. It looks like he’s really helpful when it comes to studying.

As for words of advice, Brittney suggests our current McNair scholars focus on honing their public speaking skills since it is a huge aspect of graduate school. She hopes to return to Michigan after she graduates as the weather in North Carolina is too humid for her. Although she likes Wake Forest. “This really is a fantastic school. The faculty, students, and facilities are the only reason I decided to continue living in NC.” Brittney is happy to share more information about her experience with NMU McNair scholars.

We’re happy to hear Brittney is doing well, and can’t wait to hear more great things about her future adventures!IMG_3170