Daniel J. Goetschius was awarded a scholarship from the Allegany County Area Foundation in 2007. Since 2007 Daniel has been very busy with his studies. His experiences have included: B.S. Molecular Biology – Grove City College ’09; Master of Arts in Religion – Westminster Theological Seminary ’12; M.Sc. Biomedical Diagnostics – Dublin City University, Ireland ’14; Research Technologist at Penn State (2013-present); and Forthcoming – PhD student in Department of Human Genetics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (March 2015 – ??)
Daniel states, “ I’ve been fortunate to get involved early with a powerful new gene-editing technique (CRISPR/Cas9), using it as a tool to address unanswered questions in neuroscience, regarding how neurons organize themselves to both send and receive signals. For my forthcoming project, I’ll be characterizing particular genetic mutations in order to determine how problems at a molecular level ultimately cause neurological problems at a macro level. It’s an exciting project that will allow me to use my love of science to make a meaningful contribution to human health.”
We wish Daniel all the best!