Brooke Druliner (Ph.D. ’14)
The first in her family to attend college, Brooke Druliner has strived to make the most of her opportunities. At Rollins College, she participated in undergraduate research, was a leader on the academic honor committee and a Dean’s List student. Following her graduation, she was recruited by the FSU Department of Biological Science to pursue a Ph.D. During her doctoral studies, Druliner led a research program and made a seminal discovery in genome organization alterations in early grade cancer. Her efforts were recognized with several awards, including Best Research Publication, and ultimately led to her recruitment to a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research now focuses on molecular features that define the development and progression of young-onset colorectal cancer.