Frederick Feely II

Frederick Feely II

"Bringing the world to new heights."

College: Medicine
Degree Program: Biomedical Sciences
Degree: Doctorate

Award: McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2020)


Why FSU?
I chose to enroll in the FSU Department of Biomedical Sciences 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 mentoring and research relationships at the University of North Caroline at Pembroke 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. I was inspired 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 be selected as a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. This award allows me to focus on my studies as well as seek advice from a community of fellows and mentors who are on a similar journey.

Career aspirations
I hope to become a strong influence in the field of viral oncology and virotherapy treatments.