Megan Pierce

Medical Student at Tulane University School of Medicine

New Orleans, Louisiana
Higher Education
  1. Lord Fairfax Community College,
  2. Johns Hopkins University,
  3. Baltimore Rescue Mission Clinic
  1. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Medical Student

Tulane University School of Medicine
– Present (1 year 9 months)New Orleans


Lord Fairfax Community College
(1 year)LFCC- Middletown

Introductory Biology lectures and labs.

Graduate Research

Johns Hopkins University
(6 years 6 months)

Performed investigation for Alzheimer's susceptibility genes by performing association studies and haplotype analyses to investigate linked regions. Characterized candidate genes using hypothesis driven approaches including quantitative PCR experiments, gene splicing analyses, epigenetic studies, and dual-luciferase analyses.

Health Service Volunteer

Baltimore Rescue Mission Clinic
(11 months)

Volunteered services to homeless and underprivileged individuals seeking health care in Baltimore city. Communicated with individuals to understand their problems and concerns and worked in a team setting with other doctors and students to formulate a treatment plan.

Undergraduate Independent Research

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
(2 years 6 months)

Researched host specificity and lineage divergence of malaria parasites infecting sympatric avian host species based on phylogenetic analyses. Developed novel extraction techniques using magnetic beads to concentrate malarial DNA and improve PCR detection assays for efficient analysis of samples.


Alzheimer's risk variants in the Clusterin gene are associated with alternative splicing.(Link)

Translational Psychiatry
July 2011


  • Genetics
  • PCR
  • Molecular Biology
  • qPCR
  • DNA
  • Assay Development
  • Experimentation
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Laboratory
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Cell Culture


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology

Thesis: Investigation of Alzheimer's Disease Susceptibility Genes

Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts, Biology; Genetics

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