Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
College/School: School of Environment, Arts and Society, College of Arts, Sciences & Education
Christopher Herrera sought out research opportunities in medicine from the moment he arrived at FIU. His goal: to become a primary care physician, especially for people who could not afford healthcare.
Christopher eventually landed a position in the lab of Madhavan Nair from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Christopher is researching a promising new therapeutic agent that would combat HIV infection. Christopher is also in the Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) program, which is only open to Honors College students who are completing groundbreaking research, innovative products, or unique creative works. Christopher’s ARCH project is focused on developing a clinical treatment for people diagnosed with HIV.
In his spare time, Christopher volunteers at VITAS Hospice, where he provides emotional and spiritual comfort to patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses and their families. He also has served as the committee chairperson for the Multicultural Appreciation Event at FIU, which highlighted various global cultures, art, and performances. He spearheaded the event and oversaw volunteers.
After graduation, Christopher will begin the next chapter of his life, pursuing his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine.
By Allen Varela
Senior Coordinator of Academic Support Services, FIU Honors College