• Omar Elmogazy
  • Class of: 2024

Avina

Major: Cell Biology and Neuroscience 

 How did you decide on your major?

I have always been interested in neuroscience; however, it was conducting neuroscience research at Rutgers and the interactions that I had with the excellent faculty that really sold me on majoring in CBN.

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

I think the fact that CBN is such a wide and diverse department in terms of the research being done and classes offered really appears to me.

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

My favorite class has to have been Fundamentals of Neurobiology as it was my first neuroscience course, and it was really interesting to initially learn neuroscience at a depth I had not experienced before.  I also deeply enjoyed the Advanced Neurobiology class because it focused in-depth on a small number of topics in neuroscience. I really enjoyed the emphasis placed on learning the theory behind experimental techniques, some of which I apply in my own research project, as well as the use of actual research papers to teach novel discoveries in the field of neuroscience.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am an undergraduate assistant in the Firestein Lab, here in the CBN department. I also involved in a number of student organizations at Rutgers. I am currently the president of Rutgers Petey Greene where we volunteer as tutors for currently and formerly incarcerated people. I am also the president of Rutgers Big Buddy, where we volunteer at Lincoln Elementary school in New Brunswick. I am also a volunteer EMT with Edison EMS. 

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation, I will be applying to medical school!

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