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Alumni Spotlight - Kieran Phelan

Kieran Phelan, Class of 2014

Currently I am a third-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Cincinnati, an 8-year combined MD-PhD program funded by the National Institutes of Health. In addition to medical training, I also have the opportunity to spend four years conducting basic science research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital within the Division of Asthma Research. My main focus is using molecular and computational techniques to define subpopulations of patients with respiratory illness and determine what genes or biological pathways relate to certain health outcomes in children. Upon graduating I hope to specialize in pediatrics and have a career researching diseases I see in the clinic.

It’s hard to put into words the effect Mariemont had on my development and the ability to achieve my goals after graduation. The academic rigor created a great foundation to apply to any field of study and the opportunities provided by the school allowed us to explore numerous different career paths. Most importantly, there was a shared enthusiasm for learning which I think is rather rare in a high school setting, driving me to explore biology deeper and sparking a desire to make my own discoveries.