The Drive to Land the Job. The Will To Do.

The Drive to Land the Job. The Will To Do.

For Zainab Iqbal, graduating from Southeast with her degree in biology and beginning a career in scientific research is the fulfillment of a life-long pursuit and dream.

As a child, Iqbal accompanied her mother who was diagnosed with diabetes to every doctor’s appointment, and she was fascinated by the people in white coats and medical equipment.

On December 19, 2018, she began her career as one of those white-coat clad professionals as a research lab technician for the Division of Infectious Diseases with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Iqbal, of Columbo, Sri Lanka,graduated from Southeast in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences and microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, and biotechnology options.

During her final year at Southeast, she was an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Shamik Bhattacharya, assistant professor of engineering physics. She contributed to an article on his research and co-presented it at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

“It helped me gain an understanding of how things work in a lab, what to do, what not to do, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to work around mistakes,” she said. “There is a lot of hard work and consistency that is required to do research that you may not think you need. Being an undergraduate researcher taught me that principle well.”

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