Braden Bell

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2023 Award: Robert D. Prusch Award for Distinction in Biology
Major: Biology with Biology Research Concentration
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: LaGrande, Oregon
Extracurricular activities: I enjoy playing basketball or heading to the golf course with some friends! I love to explore, whether that's out in the mountains or just around Spokane itself.

More about Braden

Future plans:

I will be moving to Maryland for a 2-year post-baccalaureate research position under Dr. Ramiro Iglesias-Bartolome studying skin cancer. This position is housed under the IRTA program in the National Cancer Institute / NIH.

How has your major contributed to your professional or personal development?

Biology unlocked my passion for research and exploring the unknown world around us (and within us!) It has allowed me to build new friendships and develop exciting professional opportunities at the National Institute of Health, and pave the road for a career in biological science.

What has been your proudest or most significant accomplishment during your Gonzaga career?

I spent my junior year serving as Student Body President, however my proudest achievement is our Gonzaga lab winning the Best Poster Award for Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Murdock Research Conference two years out of the three that I was in the lab!