Zenzeale Hudson

Zenzeale Hudson

"Breaking barriers, shaping new horizons ahead."

College: College of Medicine
Degree Program: Biomedical Sciences
Degree: Doctoral

Award: McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2023)

Why FSU?

I chose the College of Medicine at FSU for my graduate studies due to its renowned faculty, cutting-edge research opportunities, and vibrant academic community that aligns perfectly with my research interests and career aspirations. Additionally, the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion resonates with my values, making it an ideal environment for my personal and academic growth.

Motivation to pursue a graduate degree

As a first-generation African American woman with a fervent aspiration to pioneer novel therapeutics, the drive to pursue a graduate degree stems from a deeply rooted commitment to bridge gaps in healthcare access and outcomes. Growing up in a context where healthcare disparities were starkly evident, I became resolute in my desire to contribute meaningfully to transformative change. This resounding purpose, coupled with the recognition of the potential of cutting-edge research and innovative therapeutic approaches, has ignited a passion within me. The prospect of forging new pathways in medical science, informed by my unique perspective and experiences, propels me forward on this academic journey. A graduate degree is not just a pursuit of knowledge but a pathway to manifest my unwavering dedication to advancing healthcare solutions that resonate with the needs of diverse and underserved populations.

Importance and/or impact of research and work

Developing novel therapeutic approaches and medical technologies to address health disparities holds immense promise for advancing global healthcare equity. By focusing on innovative solutions tailored to underrepresented populations, we can bridge gaps in access to quality care and improve health outcomes for marginalized communities. Such efforts have the potential to not only alleviate the burden of diseases that disproportionately affect these groups but also empower them to take charge of their well-being. This proactive approach not only promotes social justice but also contributes to the overall advancement of medical science and enhances the effectiveness of healthcare systems worldwide.

Career aspirations

My goals involve pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences to engage in cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on developing novel therapeutic approaches and medical technologies to address health disparities. Additionally, I am committed to advocating for diversity and inclusion within the scientific community, aiming to inspire and support the next generation of underrepresented scientists. By integrating my passion for biomedical sciences with my personal background and experiences, I aim to make a lasting impact on healthcare outcomes and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Advice for anyone considering graduate school

For those considering graduate school, my advice centers on the remarkable impact of determination and purpose. This journey requires resilience in the face of challenges, a continuous thirst for learning, and a deep connection to your chosen subject. Embrace uncertain moments as chances to refine your focus and be ready to explore new areas. Find mentors who genuinely support your growth, as their guidance can light your path. Remember, graduate school isn't just academics--it's a journey that shapes your thinking and empowers you to make a real difference in your field and the world around you.

Accomplishments during graduate career

I am proud to have been awarded the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (2023).