David Guarin

Where are you from?

Long Island, NY

Why did you choose the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major?

When I transferred to BU, I chose the BMB major because I was convinced I wanted to pursue a career in benchtop research, ideally investigating molecular mechanisms of disease. This major made the most sense for me because of the curriculum.

What kind of research have you done?

I’m interested in learning more about the interplay between seemingly unrelated diseases, such as neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. I did research at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Xiquen Chen and this summer I will be a virtual intern at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Kelvin C. Luk. At MassGeneral, I studied the epidemiological link between Parkinson’s disease and Cancer. This summer I will be working on developing antibodies for alpha synuclein, the protein that causes Parkinson’s disease, to treat melanoma.

How did you get your research position?

I emailed a bunch of researchers and Professor Chen was the only person who replied. I loved my experience with her and she’s always looking for talented individuals to add to her team! For the Luk lab, I applied to the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) and I was placed in UPenn and matched with Dr. Luk.

How has your research tied into your classroom learning?

What I have learned in the classroom has helped me problem solve in the laboratory, since BMB coursework has given me a solid foundation in science concepts.

What extracurriculars do you participate in?

I serve as a First Gen Peer Mentor, a peer mentor for younger children in the DREAM program, and a member of Alianza Latina.

What is your favorite BU memory?

There’s so many, but my fondest memories are from volunteering in the greater Boston area. The photo was actually from when I volunteered at a lantern festival in Jamaica Plains.

Favorite BMB-related course and why?

I loved immunology because it incorporated everything I learned in biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. It is also a topic that is super relevant in novel therapeutics to treat diseases like cancer.

Favorite dining spot on or around campus?

Sweet Cheeks Q in the Fenway area which is like a 5-10 minute walk off campus. The biscuits there are life changing.

Best place on campus to study or relax?

The new HTC (Howard Thurman Center) because I run into a lot of people I know there.

What’s one BU tip you wished you’d known sooner?

Talk to people! Opportunities open up with you if you have a good relationship with your professors, TA’s, and even your fellow undergraduates.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I’m planning on taking a break from school and work in a laboratory for a year. Afterwards, I plan on pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience.