DOMINIQUE GARRISON Microbiology ’17 Detroit, MI A conversation with Dominique . . . What is the societal impact of your research: Cholestatic liver disease causes scarring in the liver, which leads to liver failure. The research I am doing can identify the mechanisms involved in cholestatic liver disease and prolong the life of individuals who succumb to it. How has your undergraduate experience been impacted by this research opportunity: I would deﬁnitely say that this experience has been my driving force in wanting to do research. It gives me the opportunity to ﬁnd and discover concepts and challenges me to think outside of the box. By working directly through-cutting edge research and prcedures, I was forced to acquire a contemplative and rational-type of abstract thinking that I cannot get from taking classes alone. What is something you never expected at MSU: I recently became a member of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was thrilled to ﬁnd that MSU has some of the brightest and most talented women doing amazing things in their communities and upholding a great legacy in black culture. If your little brother / sister was coming to MSU, what is one piece of advice you would give them: Personalize your experience. It’s a huge university, but seek out ways to make it small. Join a club, try a sport, ﬁnd mentors, attend seminars, volunteer, explore Greek Life, meet with professors, and create study groups. In doing so, you’ll come across some pretty neat opportunities and people as well. elucidate the mechanism, or ‘ connect the dots ,’ by which cholestatic liver disease , a subtype of liver injury, causes liver inﬂammation. “ My research aims to ” Person/people who have inspired you: My family has been my biggest inspiration because they have always believed in me. I would also contribute my motivation to watching Dr. Aimalie Hardaway, an African American woman, defend her dissertation in cancer biology at Wayne State University last year during my research fellowship. I never told her, but it had a huge impact on me. Book you’d recommend: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It’s an interesting science ﬁction novel about cloned humans that are raised for their organs in order to prolong the life of the rich and powerful. It raises many ethical questions about modern science. On your bucket list: I’d love to try paragliding one day. Major research breakthrough of the next decade: I believe that cancer resarch will have a major breakthrough in the next decade as we embark upon new discoveries in precision medicine and immunotherapy. What are some of your favorite MSU memories: I will never forget my freshman year in the Drew Scholars living-learning community. It’s where I established some of the greatest friendships and learned some of the most important things about myself.