Prospective Students

Sean Connelly

Connelly Sean Poster crMajor: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Minor: Public Health


How did you decide on your major?

After participating in Dr. Vershon’s Introduction to Research class, I realized that I had a passion for science and performing hands on research. This class led me to apply to become an Aresty Research Assistant to perform research in Dr. Nancy Walworth’s laboratory in the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and I stayed in Dr. Walworth’s laboratory for three years. After performing research and taking MBB classes, I was dedicated to become an MBB major and I never looked back!

What is it about your chosen field (and the MBB department) that appeals to you?

It is amazing that your hard work can lead to a novel discovery that can aid in your field and improve the understanding of certain maladies. I especially like the intersection between healthcare and research, being able to directly apply my skills as a bench scientist to problems that are facing millions of people.

Connelly Sean Fenway crpdDo you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite class was Introduction to Research with Dr. Vershon, which led me to develop a passion for research and opened my eyes to the world of science.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

Minoring in Public Health gave me a unique perspective on healthcare as well as other topics, like global health or infectious disease, that broadened my worldview and led me to an interest in infectious disease research.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am on the Rutgers Swimming Club, an Aresty Senior Peer Instructor, Natural Sciences Editor for the Rutgers Research Review, MBB Society Co-President and a former Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Experimentation.

What are your plans following graduation?

I will be a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, researching malaria in Dr. Thomas Wellems’ laboratory for two years. Then, I will be applying to MD/PhD programs.