Sophomore Brandi Herron (Biology, 2016) is a planner—always thinking about the bigger picture. When Herron plays her flute—a hobby of eight years—she’s not just making beautiful music. She’s preparing her hands and mind for the intricate manual dexterity it takes to become an orthodontist. And when she chose to attend IUPUI School of Science, she knew the research opportunities that begin in the freshman year would give her an advantage when pursuing graduate school.
With a year of the Biology Freshman Work Program under her belt, Herron is now exploring the microbiology behind dentistry through a Life-Health Sciences Internship (LHSI) research project. “My research project is looking at how nicotine affects the cardiovascular system by increasing the amount of bacteria in your mouth and how it travels into your blood stream,” Herron explained. “I’m getting that little taste of how the biology relates to the dentistry.”
These research opportunities and the close-knit environment among students and faculty have made Herron proud of her decision to attend IUPUI. “It’s neat to know they care a little more, so it makes it more personal,” she said of her professors. “Coming from a small school, I really like that.” Herron graduated as her class valedictorian from Churubusco High School in northern Indiana.