Courtney McCann, ‘14
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
Degree: BS, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose WPI because of its project-based curriculum and its focus on teaching both theory and practice. I was interested in a college that would allow me to get hands-on experience in a laboratory.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Instead of solely focusing on theory as is done in many other schools, I have been able to learn both theory and practice equally, which better prepares me for labs in both school and work settings. Working in groups has helped me learn how to efficiently get tasks done with other people, as well as allowed me to know how to be a group leader.
What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
I think WPI's greatest strength is that the courses offered here really stress practical usage of theory. I am proud to be a WPI student because I know that when I graduate and go to find a job, I will be skillful and qualified to perform any lab techniques expected of me because of the education I received here.
What are your research projects?
I am currently working with Jose Argüello and a lab group from Cuernavaca, Mexico, to find out which proteins are involved in copper homeostasis in a class of gram-negative bacteria called deltaproteobacteria. I am investigating how these proteins interact and are organized within the cell by examining their phylogenetic profiles.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I hope to go on to get my master’s and PhD so that I can do further biochemical research. I'm not sure exactly what type of biochemical research I want to do yet, though.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Science Fiction Society
Academic or professional awards you have received:
- Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholar