U-Research: Todd Testerman

Todd Testerman.Molecular Genetics

I want to focus on the area of genetics but within that realm many possibilities intrigue me. I would love to look at aging and the effects of telomeric shortening. At the same time I am looking at the idea of spending my life trying to cure genetic diseases like Cystic Fibrosis or Huntington’s.
After graduating from Ohio State I plan to pursue my Masters at a university in the Northeast or in New York. I then plan on getting my PhD from another university in the area (all degrees would be in molecular genetics) and then hopefully going right into academic or private sector research. I want to spend a large portion of my life in the field, working towards a goal and making sure I reach it in my lifetime. I hope to be able to return to a university later in my life as a professor to hopefully pass some of my knowledge on as well as continue further research advances there.