Tristan Szapary '24

Butler College

Relevant prehealth experience: 

  • Interned in Binder/O'Rourke Lab at the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (HUP) which works to develop CAR T Cell immunotherapies for glioblastomas
  • Interned in Taylor Lab in Montpellier, France looking at possible relationships between a type of lymphoma's metabolism and their response to CAR T Cell therapy
  • Volunteered as an Infection Audit Control for HUP, traveling across wards in hospital ensuring proper hygiene protocols were being followed
  • Co-founder and Co-leader of Compassionate Fellowship Internship, based out of the ORL which seeks to examine the humanistic aspects of medical care

What topics can students ask you about? I can help talk through changing majors, finding research experience, study tips for pre-med classes, choosing extracurriculars wisely, time management with class and athletics 

What advice would you give to a first- or second-year prehealth student athlete? The big "scary" pre-med classes are way more manageable than they seem if you use your resources well! As a student-athlete, you have already developed many time-management skills which will likely put you in a better position to succeed in these classes. Make a study-routine that you stick to before every test and don't be afraid to ask for help from the professor, your TA, or other students in the class. And go into these courses with positive mindsets and faith that you can succeed – don't let their reputations cause too much fear.

Summer 2022 activities: I spent the majority of this summer completing an IIP at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Montpellier, France. I worked in the Taylor Lab, and my project focused on characterizing a set of lymphoma tumor lines to see how they respond to CAR T Cells. Additionally, I co-led the pilot run of the Compassionate Medicine Fellowship, in which we met with fellows over 8 weeks for discussions and presentations from a set of medically related speakers. Finally, I took some time to recharge, hiking with my family in Yosemite and going to the beach with my friends.

Last book read for fun: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

Favorite food: Ravioli

Favorite way to relieve stress: Team Dinners! Or else hiking, reading, spikeball

Secondary Concentration/Certificate: Creative Writing