Jessica Ghobrial

Junior

Major: Biology w/ concentration in physiology
Celebrity she'd hang out with - Michael Jackson so he could teach her to moonwalk.
Desert Island Movie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Jessica Ghobrial poses on Duquesne's Campus

For many people, college is just one small step on the path of a much larger journey.

This rings true for Jessica Ghobrial, a junior Biology major with a concentration in physiology. She saw Duquesne as a chance to set herself up for success in med school.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Linkage Program provided the perfect opportunity to get a head start on med school. The program involves a seat at LECOM being "saved" for a student that maintains all the academic and professional behavior benchmarks during the student's undergraduate career. After being accepted into the Bayer School Scholar's program, attending Duquesne was a no-brainer.

Hailing from Wheeling, West Virgina, Jessica likes that she's far enough from home to feel independent but close enough that she can visit at her leisure. The large community that she's formed here at Duquesne helps school feel like a second home, and Pittsburgh provides a setting with plenty to explore.

Jessica has made a point to dive into as much research as she can while in undergrad. In fact, the focus on undergraduate research was one of the selling points of the Bayer School. She studied microbial control of infectious diseases such as malaria in Dr. David Lampe's lab during the summer of 2018. She feels the experience was useful in her preparations for med school.

In the summer of 2019, Jessica worked at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, where she studied the hormone secreted by the kidneys, erythropoietin, and its effects on fat mass regulation in mice. She enjoyed the experience of commuting to work, being able to research at the National Library of Medicine, and working with scientists of every level doing exciting research for the National Institute of Health.

Jessica credits the Bayer School with providing her with the experiences and opportunities she had been hoping to have while an undergrad: "The Bayer School is really good at encouraging students to expand their horizons and take opportunities. There are so many helpful resources. If I went to a different school I wouldn't be able to have the same relationship with professors or mentors that I have here."

After completing her undergraduate degree, Jessica will attend LECOM and possibly pursue a career in psychiatry.

We can't wait to see where the future takes her.