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Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program: Current Students
Josephine LoRicco
Biochemistry & Biophysics

I was drawn to RPI out of a general love for all science. I started at RPI as an undeclared science major because I couldn’t decide what I liked the best. Even though I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in I knew that I wanted to continue my education beyond a bachlor’s degree so the School of Science Accelerated BS/PhD Program seemed like a fantastic opportunity for me. 

After being accepted into the program and learning about the different research being done on campus I decided to settle on a major. I choose biochemistry and biophysics because of its interdisciplinary nature and the exciting research that was going on in the field. I began my research rotations in the spring of 2013 and had the pleasure of working in the labs of Dr. Blanca Barquera and Dr. George Makhatadze before finally settling down in Dr. Makhatadze’s lab. I have been working on a project involving the aggregation of a peptide found in human semen into amyloid fibrils that can increase HIV infectivity.

Outside of the program I have spent time as a Math Mentor and I enjoy playing sports with friends and reading books.

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Laurie A. Leshin

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Dean of Science
leshin@rpi.edu
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For speaking/appointment requests, please contact Bonnie Carson carsob@rpi.edu
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David L. Spooner
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Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
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Wilfredo Colón
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Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
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