I was drawn into the program by looking at the statistics about the students on the wall. The group of Molecular Genetics majors were a highly successful group after graduation. A high percentage of them were going to graduate school, or medical school, or were working great jobs. I picked this as a major because I wanted to be like those kids. I think that the title "molecular genetics" sounds intimidating. Although, believe it or not, I have to say the courses aren't that hard. They are significantly easier than neuroscience courses, and I speak from experience. The courses take you step by step, starting out with baby steps, and you build on your knowledge base for the four years. In that way, the program is well designed. Also, the courses aren't just static information, what you learn is relevant and on the new frontiers of science. We learned about the Ebola virus, and about other pandemics.
Karl Zahn received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University with focus in biochemistry. Before entering graduate school, he worked several years in the Doublié lab where he crystallized several complexes of the DNA polymerase from phage RB69 with DNA and nucleotides.