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Biology Alumni Spotlight: Zachary Barbati

May 01, 2014
A testimonial from Zachary Barbati, who earned his B.S. in Biology from MMC in 2010.
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    Zachary Barbati '10

My experience at Marymount Manhattan College has made a lasting impact on my life, both personally and professionally. I matriculated into Marymount Manhattan College with very little idea about where I saw myself in the future. I had interests in the fine arts, religion, and the natural sciences, and had very little idea about what it entailed to pursue any of these Faculties in an academic or professional sense. After indiscriminately declaring myself as a biology major, I found myself immersed in one of the College’s most rigorous and comprehensive programs. My experience at Marymount Manhattan College challenged me not only to study the basic sciences in a typical linear sequence, but rather to integrate coursework in sociology, language, and philosophy into the Biology major courses. Furthermore, I felt challenged by my mentors to continually revisit foundational concepts in advanced classes, so as to reinforce key concepts that are important for developing a strong foundation in the biological sciences.

After graduating with my B.S. in Biology in 2010, I pursued further coursework at the University of Copenhagen, where I received a full scholarship and living stipend for two years of work and study. After moving back to the U.S.A. in 2012, I have had the opportunity to perform research in both the basic and clinical sciences, as well as be published as the co-author in two peer-reviewed scientific journals. After several years of working as a Research Assistant and teaching as an Adjunct Professor here in New York City, I am happy to say that I will be returning to school in the Fall to pursue the study of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. I believe strongly that my success thus far is due largely in part to the personalized and excellent training that I received as an undergraduate at Marymount Manhattan College. Without the guidance and support I received from the faculty and community at large at Marymount Manhattan College, I may never have learned about my talent and passion for the natural sciences. 

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