Bri Speakar

Bri Speakar


Biological Sciences


Humanities in Medicine

Farmington, MO

Why you chose your major

I love science, and I also really like learning about ethics and human nature so my minor seemed like a great fit!

Favorite and/or most impactful course

Virus Hunting: I took this class my first semester and that is when I fell in love with research! It is a small lab based course with Dr. Chia where you get to work with other students to discover new bacteriophage.

Research or internship experience

I worked in Dr. Bade’s lab at UNMC in the department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience over the summer. There I worked in a drug lab for HIV. Half of the lab did drug development, but my lab focused on identifying detrimental effects of Integrase inhibitor DTG and the mechanisms behind those effects. It was a great experience where I learned a lot, and met a lot of great people!

Other involvement

I am an Executive member of AMWA, a database manager for the Serious Mental Illness Research Group, I worked as a volunteer at Husker Pantry for two years and as a volunteer at Bryan Hospital for one, and I am also in the University Honors Program.

Why you chose Nebraska

UNMC is a great med school, and Nebraska offers good out of state scholarships

Student Ambassadors group

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