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Cassidy Forbes

What led you to study genetics?
I first became interested in genetics during my freshman year of high school. At the time, we had two biology projects that focused on cancer and genetic disorders. I always knew that I wanted to do something in the sciences, but after learning about genetics and doing those projects, I fell in love with the topic. Ever since then, I have been taking as many genetics and microbiology classes as I could. Through these experiences, I have realized that this is what I want to for the rest of my life. Not only will I get to learn and have a job with something I love, but I can also help people while doing it.

What research or extracurricular activities are you involved in at MSU? 
At this time, I am not currently involved in any extracurricular activities at MSU, but I plan on joining the MMG Club as well as a club soccer team. I am also hoping that I will be able to help in the cancer research that is happening at MSU. 

What do you appreciate about MMG and MSU?
Michigan State University is one of the most hands-on research schools in the state. This allows me to get experiential training and lab experience while I am in college. This is a great opportunity that is essential for a career in a lab-based, hands-on environment. 

What are your future plans?
I plan on working in a cancer research lab and teaching at a university. I love the interactive environment that you get with cancer and medical research. I hope to combine both interests and teach in a lab environment.