Adam Carte, a biochemistry alumnus from Hico, West Virginia, is currently studying at Harvard.
He initially set out to be a doctor, but he soon realized his heart was in the discovery of science - not practicing medicine.
Carte pursued biochemistry with a minor in biology, learning biological functions and cellular interactions. For him, the value in understanding the interactions among cells and inside of cells in small animals – like fruit flies – is that the pathways underlining the behaviors are similar, so the findings can often be translated in to a higher order organism in an animal or human. That discovery intrigued him.
That’s why he is pursuing a Ph.D. in systems biology.
“If I went to medical school, I would be practicing medicine - not science,” he said. “Medicine is about applying knowledge that’s been discovered, but when becoming a scientist, you get to generate new knowledge and make new discoveries, and I think that’s really exciting.”