Posted May 2009
Marian Murphy is an alumna of Chaminade. (She graduated with a B.S. in Biology in May of ’08. ) Recently, she was accepted to two osteopathic medical schools, Western University and Touro University in the Bay area. She is looking forward to attending Touro University this fall.
Since last August, she has been working as a researcher in the University of Hawaii lab at Leahi Hospital, studying the mitochondrial pathogenesis of HIV.
While attending Chaminade, in summer 2007, she interned at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center through the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Minority Access to Research Careers Summer Research Opportunity Program. in 2007, Marian gave a poster presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science Conference in Kansas City, MO.
At Chaminade, Marian was also active on the women’s basketball team. Participation on the team allowed her to travel, (travelling provided welcome breaks from an intensive academic schedule that included study every summer) and she particularly remembers a great trip to Alaska. Athletics also has helped foster lasting friendships.
Marian says of her Chaminade professors, ”I thought they were all very good. They were very available, and always answered my emails. They all want you to do well.” Marian especially has praise for mentor and pre-health program director Patricia Lee-Robinson. “She helped me to get my internship, and wrote a letter of recommendation for me to med school… she helps everyone, she always wants the best for everyone in this program.”
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