Varun Gupta
Varun Gupta

Varun Gupta

Pre-Med Biology major, Public Health minor
Northbrook, Ill.

Creighton Extracurricular Activities

Why did you choose to come to Creighton?

During my visit to Creighton’s campus during my senior year of high school, I saw that the Creighton experience was extremely personal. For example, when I applied to the Dean’s Fellows Program, I got a call from Dean Bridget Keegan congratulating me on my acceptance and offering to answer any questions I might have. I love that smaller class sizes mean that professors get to know their students on a deeper level and contribute to the individualized experience Creighton offers.

How has Creighton prepared you for your internship work?

At Creighton you are always being thrust out of your comfort zone, whether it’s during Welcome Week or taking classes outside your major. During the summer after my freshman year at Creighton, I did an internship at the University of Chicago, where I worked with two physicians in the transplant nephrology group. The overall end goal for this project was to enable physicians to gain a better understanding of what transplant patients know about their condition and transplantation, and use that knowledge to better prepare their patients for the future in order to have better health outcomes. This year, I am working with Mark Reedy, PhD, associate professor and chair of biology, and another student to identify the specific gene sequences that code for the various subunits of the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor (nAChR), specifically in chickens. This receptor is found in nervous tissue around the body of many organisms. Our goal for this project is to find the specific gene sequences that code for the receptor, and in doing so we hope that we will be able to identify its developmental pathway in chickens.

From your experience, what do you think are Creighton’s strengths in preparing students for their future?

Accomplishing things at Creighton gives students an inherent feeling that they are prepared to take on more. I think that people really look out for one another in the Creighton community; students and faculty at Creighton root for you to do your best and offer support and encouragement every step of the way.