Mr Zachary Fitzpatrick (2015)
My undergraduate career at Louisiana State University has consisted of a unique and interdisciplinary array of influential experiences in medicine, science and public health, which have fueled my aspirations in making a meaningful impact in the rare diseases sector. Through clinical experience in chronic pain management as a phlebotomist and electrocardiogram technician, I developed a passion in serving underrepresented patient communities with unmet medical need. I’ve had the enriching opportunity to investigate primary immunodeficiencies and the development of gene-based therapies for debilitating genetic disorders, including hemophilia and neurofibromatosis, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at The Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This work has been greatly complemented by my studies in genetics and cancer immunology at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France. With the intention of fostering evidence-based policy to improve healthcare access for individuals suffering from rare diseases, I have explored economic, ethical and public health-related obstacles in orphan drug development and distribution. Looking forward, I am eager and honored to begin my scientific journey at Cambridge, among scholars who are committed to the betterment of humanity, where I seek to investigate the molecular pathogenesis of and therapy development for lysosomal storage disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Cox.