Curtis Gallagher ’09 (Timonium, Md.) won first place in an “America’s Got Regulatory Science” competition.
During the University of Maryland contest designed to promote student interest in regulatory science, Curtis convinced the judges that his Interactive Medication Guides could improve the process of reporting an adverse medication. His prize for winning was a meeting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief scientist to discuss his idea and how it could be implemented.
“The best part about winning the competition was getting to meet and talk with someone about my idea to possibly make a difference,” he said. “The idea was very well received and has since turned into an ongoing collaboration with the FDA's MedWatch team.”
Curtis, a Ph.D. student in molecular medicine, also has a patent pending on a new lid mechanism for centrifuge tubes used by scientists, and is working on securing capital and administrative approval for a software idea.
It was back at York College where he was inspired to enter this field of study.
“Dr. Bradley Rehnberg’s animal physiology class was where I fell in love with the art of the scientific process,” said Curtis, a biology grad.
He advises current students to think outside of the box when choosing a career field to pursue.
“Don’t ever think that you’re pigeonholed into a traditional career with your degree,” he said. “I’ve come to realize that there are a number of non-traditional careers which exist that you may have never even thought of.”
Written By Michelle Kemp '14, Office of Communications intern
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