David Carlino ’17 is a junior from Boston, Mass., and transferred to Green Mountain College from Massachusetts Bay Community College after studying Biotechnology. As a Biology major, David chose to come to GMC because of his love for Vermont.
“I love this state. I’ve known a lot of people from Rutland actually and I know Vermont pretty well. I got an email from Green Mountain that invited me to come apply, check the school out. I didn’t really apply anywhere else, I just knew this was the right place.”
David is enrolled in the Biology program with the intention of going to University of Vermont to study Biomedical Science. During his final semester at Massachusetts Bay Community College, David took human anatomy and physiology to satisfy the some of the requisites for medical school.
“I was really excited to take the comparative animal physiology class because it looks at the common themes and differences between many different organisms. I just enjoy biology a lot because I’ve always had a really deep interest in nature and in life. It’s pretty neat.”
David is currently doing research with prof. Meriel Brooks (Biology), studying the population genetics of the long-nose dace, a kind of brook minnow found in the Poultney River. It’s part of a larger initiative to gather data about genetics in different populations, looking at how these fish groups move after the glaciers receded. Their local research is part of some larger phylogeographic questions about current population connectivity and the post-glacial history of Lake Champlain watershed re-colonization that both have implications for the management of wild populations in the Anthropocene.
David has taken his previous experiences from working in a lab setting and has applied them to his research.
“That’s all I did when I was at Mass Bay: Utilizing lab techniques and doing stuff like gel electrophoresis and DNA extraction. I’m pretty comfortable working in a lab setting and that helped me get started here and it made my transition very smooth.”
When David isn’t diving head-first into his research, he is practicing guitar or performing at local open mics. He also takes martial arts classes in East Poultney. Back home, David also taught music lessons to kids and he was a member of the Parks and Recreation Department as a group leader, taking 7th and 8thgraders on after-school adventures.
David is also minoring in psychology, which he took as his major when he was a student at Bunker Hill Community College in the Mass. area.
“I’m thinking that when I want to do medical school, I want to get into psychiatry or alternative pharmaceutical development. But it’s a maybe, because it’s so far off in the future that I’m just focused on finding what I’m good at here and now. I’ll have wait and see because I have so many different interests.” In any case, he’s invested in the idea of “helping people achieve well-being.”
After graduation, his post-graduation plans are focusing on going to med school at The University of Vermont, which offers a dual MD/PhD program, where he can be a practicing physician while keeping up with his research interests.
–by Megan Healey