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Alumna & MSK Researcher Visits Pre-Med Career Club

Molloy was privileged to welcome back alumna Ashley Regazzi ‘04 to speak to the students of the Pre-Med Career Club. A researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Ashley discussed her academic and professional career, as well as the decisions she made to advance to her to her current position.

A translational research manager, Ashley runs dozens of clinical trials simultaneously, studying how patient immune systems evolve throughout cancer treatment. To get to this position, Ashley emphasized the importance of extracurriculars in high school. “At Molloy, I was on the Chess Team, Science Olympiad, and Student Council,” shared Ashley. “Each one taught me invaluable life skills, such as working well with others, training my brain to think multiple steps ahead, and the importance of volunteerism.” After high school, Ashley went on to study Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in cell and tissue engineering at Columbia University.

Ashley emphasized the amount number of options available for those who study engineering. “I know engineers that are lawyers, astronauts, chefs, teachers, doctors, and of course, researchers.” She continues, “Even though I didn’t go to medical school, I work with doctors and nurses all of the time, in a medical setting. I still get to work with patients.” Ashley then gave the Pre-Med Career Club a very brief rundown of how cancer cells form in the human body, as well as how cancer treatment works, and then opened the floor to student questions. Thank you, Ashley, for coming to speak to our students and showing them what a possible career trajectory in your field looks like!