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Wade Seifert

Title of Program:  Evolutionary Biology in Medicine

E-mail Address: wseifert@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Dandridge, TN

Year:  Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date:  2019

Description of Program: The Evolutionary Biology in Medicine Program is a blend of an assortment of different traditional majors that come together to create a unique major that is not currently offered at The University of Tennessee. The Program looks into how from one generation to another, the responses to different pharmaceuticals may differ. This field has been called personalized medicine. The field most similar to this program is called Pharmacogenetics.

Departmental Emphases:  Chemistry, BCMB, EEB, Physiology, and Nutrition

Faculty Mentor:  Michael Gilchrist

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan on attending Graduate school to pursue a PhD in Pharmacogenetics. Following the completion of a the PhD program I hope to do research in a Pharmaceutical company or at a University.
Other Academic Interests: Aside from my interest in Biology, Chemistry, and BCMB, I have also recently become interested in viruses, especially how they evolve and spread. I also have an interest in the human body and topics such as Kinesiology.

Research Experiences or Internships: I am currently doing research at ORNL. This research involves Molecular Docking and studying the oncogene KRAS and its role in many cancers in Humans.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities:  I am a Resident Assistant in Volunteer Hall as well as part of the Chancellors Honors program. I also participate in numerous different intermural activities on campus along with being an active member of the Kinesiology Student Association.


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