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Andrew Gotschall

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Biomedical Science

Supervisor: Daniel Gallego-Perez, PhD

About Me:

At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since then, I have had a passion for healthcare and biomedical research. This passion inspired me to take on opportunities that will help me achieve my goal of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. It pushed me to complete an independent genetic research project, which yielded multiple awards at the Ohio State Science Fair and had its results published in the National Center for Biotechnology’s Genbank database. It caused me to be the first student to graduate from Carrollton High School with a STEM Honors Diploma. It led me to The Ohio State University’s biomedical science (BMS) program, where I am one of only twenty undergraduates in the College of Medicine’s BMS class of 2024. It brought me to Dr. Gallego-Perez’s laboratory, where I have been conducting type 1 diabetes research.

Upon joining the lab in the spring of 2021, I was trained and mentored by Luke Lemmerman, a graduate fellow in biomedical engineering. During the 2021-2022 academic year, we devoted our time to the Insulin Producing Cell (IPC) project. This project uses non-viral direct cell reprogramming methods to derive pancreatic islet-like cells from fibroblasts. In the summer of 2022, Luke graduated with his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, and I independently led the IPC project for one year. Currently, Natalia Areiza-Mazo, a first-year graduate fellow in biomedical engineering, and I are working in collaboration to lead all diabetes research efforts in the Gallego-Perez laboratory. 


To date, I have presented twice nationally at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual meeting and presented eight times locally at Ohio State. These presentations have yielded multiple awards, including BMES Honorable Mention in Endocrine Tissue Function in the fall of 2023. In the spring of 2024, I plan to defend my undergraduate thesis and graduate with College of Medicine honors research distinction. 


Once I graduate from The Ohio State University and take a gap year, I plan to enroll in a medical scientist training program (MSTP) to acquire my MD and Ph.D. This dual degree program will allow me to be involved in direct patient care while continuing research in type 1 diabetes.


Andrew Gotschall
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