Pre Health Alumni Directory

Jennifer Berry

Jennifer Berry (2007)

Location:
New Haven, CT
Program/Degree:
BS Biology
Profession:
I am currently an MPH candidate in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health (degree expected 2014).
Bio:

I grew up in Pendleton, NY. I wanted to be a doctor since the frog dissection lab in freshman biology in high school (cliche, but true). NU was a great choice for me. Not only was I able to prepare myself for medical school, I was also able to learn hands on a lot of lab techniques that became incredibly helpful later in my career in biotechnology. At some point during undergrad I decided that med school really wasn't the right path for me, but I was still very interested in health and biology. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do, so I worked some odd jobs for about a year after graduation, then I landed a great job as a lab tech in the virology department at ZeptoMetrix Corporation in Buffalo. The skills I learned in my bioanalytical techniques courses were invaluable. I was already very familiar with sterile technique and cell culture and learning my new position was very easy for me. It was a really great experience; the company and my coworkers were great, I got to work with a lot of awesome viruses, and it was a level 3 enhanced lab, which meant I got to wear a space suit everyday, which was pretty cool. I worked at Zepto for over four years, and though I loved it, working in industry wasn't what I wanted to do with my life; I wanted to make a real difference in the world. This lead me to public health. I absolutely love public health - my classes are so fascinating and I'm learning so much. I also love YSPH, it actually reminds me a lot of NU - it's very small and I'm able to get to know all my classmates and my professors. My current public health interests are infectious diseases, mainly STIs, particularly HPV. If you have any questions about public health, Yale, my previous experience at Zepto, or anything else, please email me. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn as well.