A Stanford Biosciences PhD student, Tawaun eventually hopes to serve students in the California State University system who aspire to be scientists.
My research focuses on the neuro-immune connections in the spleen. Specifically I am interested in the sympathetic control of post-stroke immunodepression, a condition that occurs commonly after stroke that leads to increased infections and adverse outcomes. In the long-term, I hope to eventually return to a campus in the California State system to support students such as myself who aspire to becoming a scientist. After graduation, I hope to find a job as a postdoc or industry scientist to further advance my skills.
I decided to attend Stanford because in doing so I knew that I would have a pretty large support system. In addition, I knew that the type of opportunities that would be provided to me as a student here would be exponential. I wanted both excellent academic training as well as training in other areas that would make me a versatile applicant for whatever job I decided to pursue.
Diversity not only means having many different people from all walks of life come together, but it also has to spur an inclusive environment where everyone feels as if they belong to this diverse group. I contribute to diversity here at Stanford through my roles in both BioAims and SBBO, where I am committed to making sure that all individuals understand the ups and downs of each member of this diverse group that is Stanford Biosciences.
Tawaun Lucas, graduate in neurosciences
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