• Jacob Anthony Michael Sievers
  • Class of: 2024


Major: Cell Biology and Neuroscience - Honors Track w/ Thesis  

 How did you decide on your major?

Believe it or not, I was introduced to the major way back in high school, freshman year by my biology teacher, Mr. Paul Marrone. At this point in my life, I was developing a true passion for not only biology but the application of biology into medicine. I was researching how to become a physician and what skills/knowledge I ought to acquire, to which Mr. Marrone had suggested a program at Rutgers, Cellular Biology and Neuroscience. This program would give me the essentials for medical school whilst also giving me insight to research and medicine at an undergrad level. When it was time to select a university, Rutgers was my first choice because of CBN and the opportunities it gave. There was no easier choice than accepting my offer to become an undergrad at Rutgers University studying CBN.

What is it about your chosen field (and the CBN Department) that appeals to you?

I have made my life’s commitment to medicine and in the current moment, as an undergrad, to the CBN department. Because my life’s goal is to treat the unwell through medicine, I have had the privilege of having a great passion for the sciences. It was not hard for me to find a love and passion for not only cells and their organelles, but how cells communicate with one another on a synaptic and hormonal level. I was interested in embryological development and the organogenesis of the nervous system. This was all encapsulated within the CBN program, which inspired me to only want to learn more about the human body. 

 Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

Dr. Hsu’s teaching on the nervous system in Fundamentals in Neurobiology was my absolute favorite course. It was not only because I was learning about all the ins and outs of the nervous system which had caught my attention from just starting high school, but the way Dr. Hsu had taught the class to motivate me to do research on topics interesting to me on my own, especially topics like GABAergic agonists and dopamine autoreceptors.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

Outside of Rutgers and my studies, you can find me in three places. I am currently an associate undergraduate researcher for Dr. Conor McClenaghan at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). My research interests are on the implications of the SUR2 regulatory proteins on cardiac pathologies like dilated cardiomyopathy and fatigability. There I perform a multitude of experiments I have learned from many of my classes including PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, qrt-PCR, and Histology Staining. I can also be found working as a Clinical Assistant to Dr. William Keating, assisting him with the EMR, prescriptions and patient handling in Montville, New Jersey. I can also be found at the famous Angeloni’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Caldwell, New Jersey serving and slinging the best pizza in New Jersey.

What are your plans following graduation?

My goal from my freshman year in high school was simple yet very complicated, become a physician. Throughout these past few years, I have done everything in my power and might to accomplish this goal. As I write this, I am currently studying for the MCAT and will be applying to a cohort of medical school this summer in the hopes of becoming an M.D. candidate for next summer’s incoming class.

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