Profiles-Health Professions Program - Carnegie Mellon University

Kathryn Kukla '12

KuklaWhen she was a young girl, Kathryn Kukla wasn’t shy about telling people what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I was going to be a doctor, a vet, and an architect. I was determined,” says Kukla. But a serendipitous class at a 4-H Roundup program set Kukla, then in the seventh grade, down a slightly different path. It turned out that Kukla had a knack for engineering, and she learned about another career choice that would allow her to combine all of her interests—biomedical engineering. MORE

Chelsea Weber ’12

Chelsea WeberChelsea Weber came to Carnegie Mellon to pursue her dream of becoming an equine veterinarian, which may seem a bit strange when you consider that Carnegie Mellon doesn't offer a pre-vet major. But the decision made perfect sense to Weber.

“Everyone knows that Carnegie Mellon is a great school with really strong academics, so I knew that I would get a good education. And there are a lot of opportunities in Pittsburgh for getting veterinary experience,” said Weber, a junior biological sciences major. MORE

Eda Akyar ’11

Eda Akyar ’11 Eda Akyar has always had a huge interest in global health, and she didn’t want to wait until medical school to pursue her passion. Now a senior biological sciences major, she worked with several of her peers to establish a chapter of Global Medical Brigades, an international student-led global health organization, at Carnegie Mellon in 2008 after being inspired by her sister, who traveled with the New York University Global Medical Brigades chapter earlier that year. MORE

Brad Edelman ’12

Brad EdelmanGrowing up in Denver, Colorado, Brad Edelman '12 loved working on cars and figuring how all the pieces fit together. Now, the junior Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering major has channeled that inquisitiveness into figuring out how the human body operates. With his sights set on medical school, Edelman has been exploring and preparing for the medical field in a variety of ways. MORE

Amanda Paulovich ’88

Amanda PaulovichCancer care is at a crossroads. Science has identified key genes and proteins that go awry and result in this life-threatening illness, yet major advancements in the treatment of the disease remain rare. That's because many cancers are discovered only after they have spread throughout the body, making them difficult to cure.

Carnegie Mellon alumna Amanda Paulovich (S’88) wants to change this picture. She says the key to improving early detection and treatment is using cancer's molecular footprints. MORE

Krista Pfaendler '02

Krista Pfaendler

Pfaendler, who earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from MCS in 2002, made her first trip to Africa in 2004. The year before, she established the Kenyan Pediatric HIV Project (KPHP) at the University of Pittsburgh, a student group that provides funding for supportive care to HIV-positive children in Kenya. MORE

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