Sachita Ganesa
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I decided to declare Biochemistry & Molecular Biology before entering my first fall semester, and I do not regret it one bit. I started college with an amazing opportunity as a member of the BioTAP in the Commonwealth Honors College. As a freshman, I was also very fortunate to be accepted into Dr. Scott C. Garman’s laboratory, which primarily focuses on lysosomal storage diseases. Using skills I learned at UMass, I spent the summer of 2014 interning at Genzyme, A Sanofi Company, where I started developing a purity assay for a second-generation Pompe disease drug using high-pressure liquid chromatography. As a sophomore, I am currently working on my own project in Dr. Garman’s lab, where I am attempting to grow crystal structures of an enzyme found in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis, in an effort to develop small inhibitory molecules to kill the Mtb strain. With all of the wonderful experiences and opportunities that I have been given, I know that choosing the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major at UMass was the best choice I have ever made.