“Like myself, he was new to Emmanuel, and he was beginning his research project,” he said. “I joined Dr. Lau’s research team and spent two amazing summers working as his intern. Working in the lab has helped me to focus on what’s next in my career path.”
Patrick credits a number of fellow students and professors for shaping his time at Emmanuel, from students in the Science Living-Learning Community who served as early tutors and mentors, to the Health Professors Advisory Committee which helped him shape his undergraduate curriculum for medical school admissions, and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Aren Gerdon, who had him interview professionals in potential career paths and discuss options available after graduation. “These were invaluable conversations for me,” he said.
His work with Dr. Lau has already opened many doors, including landing an internship at Harvard Medical School, due in part, he said, to the training on equipment and procedures he learned in the labs of the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center. In April 2023, he was hired as a full-time research assistant at Harvard Medical School's Walter Lab, which studies DNA replication and repair, as well as the origins of cancer, aging and neurodegeneration.