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Darby Ballard

1st Year Medical Sciences PhD Student

Introducing Darby Ballard, 1st Year Medical Sciences PhD Student

Darby Ballard

What degrees do you hold and from what institutions?

I recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering and a minor in history.

What excites you about joining Texas A&M College of Medicine for your PhD studies?

I’m thrilled to be able to tie engineering and medicine together to progress the field of immunology. The prospect of working with faculty and my peers is extremely exciting and I’m looking forward to growing in such a diverse and collaborative environment.

If you could meet any scientist throughout history, who would you want to meet and why?

I would love to have met Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard progressed the fields of medicine, botany, and history during a time when women were rarely involved in the scientific community. She explored the development and treatments of numerous diseases and the therapeutic properties of plants, some of which are still used in modern medicine. She was both diligent and innovative, characteristics that I strive to incorporate in my studies.

Tell us something you are passionate about apart from research.

My passions include exploring new places, experimenting with new recipes, and taking care of my plants and pets.