Kirsten A. Wood
Graduate Assistant
Department of Genetics Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA 70112


Entry Year: 2013

Hometown: Slidell, LA

Education:Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

About you:  Ever since I was a small child I have been interested in medical research.  Over the past few years I have had several cases of cancer in my family.  These occurrences have inspired me to pursue my doctorate degree focusing on clinical cancer research.  I began my graduate school education at LSUHSC in August 2013 through the IDP program.  I have joined Dr. Mandal’s lab, where I will be conducting copy number variation analysis in patients with prostate cancer.

Primary Research Interest:CNV analysis in patients with prostate cancer.  Our goal is to identify regions of the genome that may play an important role in the development of prostate cancer.

Career Goal?At the moment I am not sure what career path I will take.  Having a Ph.D. allows you to go into academia, industry or both. I think it would be interesting to work in the personalized medicine field.

What makes you unique?When I was 10 I was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type I, which results in my having very fragile bones.  Osteogenesis Imperfecta is due to a mutation in one or several genes responsible for the formation of Type I collagen.

What makes you typical?  When I am stressed out all I want to do is eat everything in sight.  Who am I kidding?  I like to eat all of the time regardless of my mental state!