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The School of Molecular Sciences consists of scholars from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, united in the use of molecules and molecular-scale innovation to answer fundamental questions and solve pressing problems. Students and researchers at all levels participate in a variety of educational and research activities to address critical scientific problems in areas ranging from development of new pharmaceutical agents and new green energy technologies, to understanding the fundamental processes of photosynthesis. Furthermore, students are challenged to master subject matter and skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.
“During my time at ASU, I learned how much is still unknown about the human body (the brain in particular). I had thought that at this point in time, we would be able to explain the causes and treatments for neurological disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease”, she explains. “I was surprised by the lack of understanding in this field, and that is a large reason why I want to pursue neuropharmacology in graduate school.”
Professor Joshua LaBaer, Virginia G. Piper Chair for Personalized Medicine in the School of Molecular Sciences and the executive director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, has both taught Rinaldi and has supervised her independent research. LaBaer describes these experiences as a pleasure and an honor and says that Rinaldi is one of the brightest students he has ever interacted with.
“She gave presentations in class based on primary research articles that are as good as many post-doctoral fellows I have seen,” said LaBaer, and “In the lab, she is talented with her experimental skills, hardworking and always does more than she is asked to. My team and I are so proud of her and know that she will continue to do great things!”
Rinaldi is the recipient of the School of Molecular Sciences 2017 Distinguished Biochemistry Merit Award.