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John Fuesler '11

I accepted the offer and thoroughly enjoyed performing research and mentoring others in the lab..." - John Fuesler

john fueslerWhen he was in high school, John Fuesler ’11 describes himself as an average student with average grades. He didn’t really know what he wanted to do in college, but decided to take a first-year biology course at E-town because he enjoyed the subject in high school.

“The biology department provided me with a framework from which to learn and I did a lot of individual learning too,” Fuesler said. “I have learned a lot and have enjoyed every bit of it.”

Fuesler graduated with a Biotechnology degree and now works as a student researcher at Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research at A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Garnet Valley, Penn. In fall 2011, he will begin graduate school at Princeton.

He chose Princeton because of its graduate student morale and the caliber of research. Fuesler also appreciated the relationship between the students and their teachers.

“Princeton is relatively small and has greater grad student/faculty interactions than other schools, which is one of the reasons I chose E-town as well,” Fuesler said. “Maybe I’m a creature of habit, but I do value relationships between students and professors, so that was another deciding factor for me to choose Princeton.”

After graduate school, Fuesler plans to pursue a career as a professor of biology at a small college or large research institution; he is not sure which yet. As a professor, he hopes to excite his students about biology and biological research so they can use their knowledge to benefit those around them.

One of the recent alumnus’ more memorable experiences at the College is helping his genetics professor Dr. Jon Coren perform research in his laboratory. Fuesler performed research with Coren from his sophomore year through his senior thesis.

“I was interested in performing research and when selected by Dr. Coren to perform research, I accepted the offer and thoroughly enjoyed performing research and mentoring others in the lab,” Fuesler said. “I also worked in Dr. Jane Cavender’s lab and learned new and valuable techniques.”

--by Tara B. Hayes '13

Elizabethtown College