Evie Proctor '23

Discovering her passion for cancer research
UNH student Evie Proctor

Evie Proctor, a double major in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology and justice studies from Marlborough, N.H., says UNH was the only school she applied to because it was the only school she wanted to attend.

Evie was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct research this summer in the lab of her faculty mentor, Professor Jingwei Cheng. Her research topic is “Testing Potential Inhibitors for the PISK-AKT-mTOR Pathway in Merkel Cell Carcinoma.”

COLSA: Why did you choose UNH?

Evie Proctor: I chose UNH because of the fantastic research programs available here and also because it is one of the most sustainable schools in the country.

COLSA: What's your major and what makes it so interesting to you?

Evie: My main major is biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology. It is interesting to me because I get to learn new things about the body that I never knew before, such as just how complex the cell really is.

My major has also helped me figure out what I truly want to pursue as a career since when I came to UNH I had no clue what I wanted to do.

COLSA: During your time at UNH, what are you most proud of?

Evie: I am most proud of the undergraduate research I have done in Jingwei Cheng’s Merkel Cell Carcinoma lab here at UNH. I feel like it will help me make a difference in the world to have that additional knowledge and skills once I graduate.

COLSA: What are you planning to do after graduation?

Evie: After I graduate I plan on going to graduate school and then pursuing cancer research.

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

Evie: UNH is giving me the skills that I need in order to do independent research in the future.

COLSA: What do you love most about UNH?

Evie: I love the community of UNH. Every club that I have joined has been full of students who are kind and helpful. The comradery on campus is the best part by far.