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Jackson Richards
Medical Student
University of Utah School of Medicine

Jackson Richards

Jackson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors and Minors in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2013.  He enjoys being immersed in material that he loves and making connections between basic science and clinical medicine.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program helped me discover my passions for research and neuroscience; I hope to pursue a career in neurobiology in an academic institution. Dr. Rosemary Gray pointed me in the direction of Erik Jorgensen’s Lab where I developed the skills in scientific reasoning and innovation. The program led to new friendships and also greatly improved my ability to communicate scientific information.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Pursue your passions. Regardless of the field you eventually choose, find out what gets you excited intellectually and brings you personal satisfaction. The energy and enthusiasm you develop for those subjects and activities will naturally direct your career path.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
I feel proud of the publications that have come from my research, including my honors thesis. That was a culmination of over two years’ worth of work. Personally, I feel blessed to lead a well-balanced life outside of the classroom.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
I am married and enjoy playing tennis with my wife and brothers. I play the piano and love music in general. I also like to play soccer, read, and watch movies.


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