Saif Yasin will conduct biomedical research at the Yale School of Medicine.

At Drew, Yasin is a RISE Scholar, Baldwin Honors Scholar and Civic Scholar.
At Drew, Yasin is a RISE Scholar, Baldwin Honors Scholar and Civic Scholar.

March 2016 – Drew University’s Saif Yasin will spend the summer honing his research skills at the Yale School of Medicine.

Yasin, a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, is among 11 undergraduate students who earned entrance into the Yale Summer Research Fellowship for Undergraduate Students. The program is overseen by the Kidney, Urological and Hematological Diseases division of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The fellowship will begin in late May and end in August. During that time, Yasin, who at Drew is a RISE Scholar, Civic Scholar and Baldwin Honors Scholar, will work one-on-one with a professor from Yale’s medical school on biomedical research.

After the fellowship, Yasin will present his research during a NIH-sponsored symposium at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He’ll earn a travel grant to attend the symposium and a weekly stipend throughout the fellowship, which is funded by the National Science Foundation’s REU Sites program.

Yasin, who has participated in Drew’s Summer Science Institute—an intensive summer research course—hopes to work with a professor who holds a dual doctorate in medicine and philosophy (MD–PhD). That’s because he plans to apply to MD-PhD programs while at Yale and having a mentor to guide him will be invaluable.

Yasin’s ultimate career goal is “to find something in which I can do clinical work some days, and research some days,” he said. “Research is cool because you get detailed about a problem, but you never get to think broadly about it while you’re researching. With clinical, you get to work with people, and it adds a rationale for why I’m doing research.”

As MD-PhD programs are quite selective, Yasin hopes the fellowship will make him stand out. And yes, he plans to apply to Yale, among other schools.

Between full-time research and graduate school applications, Yasin’s summer already looks jam-packed. For him, however, the opportunity to be among fellows who are deeply invested in research will be “lots of fun.”