Robin Ortiz

Robin Ortiz

Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Advisor: Barbara Waszczak



As a junior Behavioral Neuroscience undergraduate student with a strong background in pharmacy, I came to pursue the IGERT fellowship after beginning work in the field of nanotechnology. I had my first exposure to laboratory experience in the organic chemistry lab of Dr. Eriks Rozners at Northeastern University. I then moved to the lab of Dr. Robert Campbell when I found interest in pharmaceutical sciences and the treatment of disease states, specifically cancer which I came to appreciate through a co-op at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Robert Campbell collaborated with Dr. Barbara Waszczak to introduce me to the field of nanotechnology when I curved my interests toward the field of neuroscience. This research training has prepared me for a career in science and medicine that lies on the cutting edge.

Aside from research I am the president of the Northeastern University chapter of the American Medical Student Association, I volunteer at Chilton House Hospice in Cambridge and I express myself artistically through dance with the Northeastern University Dance Company. I’ve also completed an international co-op in which I traveled to Thailand, Spain, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all to gain as much exposure to hands on medicine as possible. I have a passion for engaging in a career path where I can surpass boarders and touch lives worldwide through medicine, research and even the arts.

After graduating in May of 2008 I plan to pursue a post-baccalaureate research position at the National Institutes of Health at which time I will begin the process of achieving my aspirations of becoming a physician through applying to medical schools. I eventually aspire to become an M.D. /PhD. to care for people from cutting edge research in the laboratory to holding hands at bedside.