2017 CURE Intern: Miguel Legaria Cisneros

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Miguel Legaria Cisneros

Woodburn High School

Mentor: Mitchell Turker, Ph.D., J.D.

Miguel Legaria Cisneros is a first year participant in the CURE program. He has a passion for pursuing acareer in medicine due to health issues he had as a child. These issues were compounded by the fact that his parents, who had immigrated to the United States, had to communicate with the doctors and nurses through translators. His parents immigrated to provide a better future for Miguel and his siblings, and this dedication, along with his early medical experiences, provide the motivation Miguel needs to pursue a future in healthcare and be the first in his family to attend college.

Having recently completed his junior year at Woodburn High School, Miguel takes a challenging set of courses, including AP classes. He earned an "A" in AP Physics, which is considered the most difficult class offered at the high school. His strong academic performance is reflected in his 3.97 GPA. A teacher writes, "Miguel is one of the most talented students I have ever had the pleasure of working with in my 21 year teaching career. He combines natural ability with an outstanding work ethic. He is an intrinsically motivated young man who is determined to succeed."

Outside of academics, Miguel continues to carry a full schedule. He serves on the Woodburn Youth Advisory Board, and participates in the National Honor Society, the ECMC program, the T3 Excel club, and the On Track To OHSU program. Last summer, his involvement in the On Track program led him to be selected for an internship at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. 

Miguel is interning in the lab of Mitchell Turker, Ph.D., J.D. His research topic is "Measuring Cytogenetic Aberrations Induced by Simulated Galactic Cosmic Rays".