Frederick Feely II
I chose to enroll at FSU’s biomedical department because of its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. I believe that by incorporating techniques and perspectives of related fields within the spectrum of biomedical sciences, the department offers a well-rounded training system that will positively influence my matriculation throughout my career.
Motivation to pursue a graduate degree
Through the mentoring I was given while at University of North Caroline at Penbroke and the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, I became aware of gaps in the understanding of pathogen-host interactions leading to protection against infections and disease. This inspired me to look further at how these interactions occur on a molecular level. By pursuing a PhD, I hope to hone my skills as a researcher, and gain the ability to thoroughly investigate the budding field of viral oncology.
Importance and impact of research
While the projects I conduct research on will come into focus throughout upcoming lab rotations, my research interests are centered around pathogen-host interactions related to oncology and oncogenesis. Many biological functions have yet to be elucidated in these fields. Thus, this research will bring the present scope of knowledge closer to efficacious treatments and assessment techniques.
Accomplishments during graduate career
I am honored to have been accepted as a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. This has granted the ability to focus on my studies, as well as seek advice from a community of fellows and mentors that have taken a similar journey.
I hope to become a strong influence in the field of viral oncology and virotherapy treatments.