Java Solis '01
- Earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego.
- Earned her MS in Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon.
Why did you choose Sarah Lawrence for graduate school? Why Human Genetics?
I chose Sarah Lawrence for its reputation for being the best and for its location. I chose Human Genetics because I was passionate about the subject matter.
How did your coursework prepare you for your fieldwork and eventual career?
My coursework provided the medical background that supports me in my career as a medical writer.
Where were your fieldwork assignments? What type of skills/knowledge did you acquire through your fieldwork, which have aided you in your professional life?
My fieldwork assignment with Medicom opened the door to medical writing. Learning the ropes in a protected environment such as Sarah Lawrence allowed me to gain the confidence and the experience to obtain my first job in medical communications, which eventually lead to my own company, Medical Writes.
What was the focus of your M.S. thesis?
Expanded newborn screening.
Where have you worked, and what have you worked on, since graduating?
I have provided strategic consulting and editorial support at each of the following:
What advice can you offer to people who are considering pursuing Human Genetics as a career?
Don’t limit yourself. Explore all your options and pursue what makes you happy.
What do you consider the strongest attribute of the Human Genetics program?
The Sarah Lawrence name has opened more doors than I ever expected.