Marissa Dzoiba is a junior at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. She spent her summer at the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, where she examined the cellular mechanisms of arsenic uptake in a model organism, Fundulus heteroclius (killifish). The research taught Marissa valuable molecular techniques, public speaking, and how to comprehend of scientific papers. Another important skill Marissa was able to develop was learning how to create a scientific poster. At the campus -wide Student Symposium she presented a poster on her research.
Marissa is a second year Dartmouth Medical School student. Although she is uncertain what field of medicine she would like to pursue, she is making strides at narrowing down the long list. Her interests include neonatology, obstetrics and cardiology. During her time at Dartmouth, she spent time volunteering at David's House, an organization that allows parents to spend time near their child in the hospital without having to pay for housing. She also enjoyed volunteering at Mascoma Clinic, a clinic run by medical students that provides free health care to uninsured members of the community. She is currently training for her first triathlon which will be in August.