Avianna Guerrero '19

Lonza Biologics intern is fascinated by the human microbiome and it’s impact on our health
Avianna Guerrero presents her research

Avianna Guerrero is a biomedical science: medical microbiology major from Newport, Rhode Island who is determined to be part of future a scientific discovery or medical breakthrough. A current intern at Lonza Biologics, she wants students to know that at UNH there is no limit to what you can do.

COLSA: Looking back on your time at UNH so far, what are you most proud of and why?

Avianna Guerrero: My commitment to research and developing myself as a scientist outside of the classroom has allowed me to explore science through different mediums. I've done research at the Loyola University Medical Center, the UNH Center for Glycomics and an independent study with Dr. Timothy Montminy. Currently am an intern at Lonza Biologics. I am most proud of the skill and knowledge I have gained from each experience and am excited to apply them to my career.

COLSA: What motivates you?

Guerrero: My infinite curiosity drives my desire to delve deeper into the core of microbiology and pathology. The human microbiome is of significant interest to me because of its variable interaction with other parts of the body and disease resulting from it. Science and its endless possibility excites me, my determination is fueled the idea of being a part of a scientific discovery or medical breakthrough.

COLSA: Why did you choose your major?

Guerrero: Medical microbiology appealed to me because of my interest in pathology and infectious disease. Studying infectious diseases is intriguing to me because a microscopic form can have a significant impact on the human body. Within this program, I am able to explore the basis of disease on a molecular and cellular level, giving me a full understanding of how a microbial contaminant interacts with its host.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Guerrero: I’m planning to pursue a doctorate or master’s degree in pathology or infectious disease. My primary interest is the human microbiome and diseases that result from imbalance. I hope to study the human microbiome in depth post grad and lead research pertaining to microflora.

COLSA: How is your experience at UNH preparing you to achieve your goals? 

Guerrero: UNH offers a variety of course work in the biomedical science program. The program is full of excellent professors who are always willing to extend themselves past the subject matter and explore further with the students. Courses such as Pathology with Dr. Montminy and Mycology, Virology and Parasitology with Dr. Juan Rojo further solidified my passion for my major and were a pleasure to take.

UNH also offers career resources that have helped me get an internship with Lonza Biologics. The professional staff is now guiding me through the graduate school application process.

COLSA: Any advice for students interested in your major?

Guerrero: Don't be afraid to challenge yourself! There is no limit to what you can do, all you need is to believe in yourself and your ability to push past any boundaries.

COLSA: Finally, tell us one reason you love UNH.

Guerrero: UNH is full of vibrant students and faculty. We have an excellent community of students who are always proud to be Wildcats. Every day is a great day to be a Wildcat!

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