When Danielle Marcone ’21 enrolled at Quinnipiac, she didn’t know which major she’d choose, but she knew it would involve a blend of health and sciences. Marcone eventually realized the best way to pursue both passions was with a bachelor’s degree in biology, which enabled her to keep her career path options open.
During her coursework, she enjoyed delving into topics such as disease ecology and vector-borne diseases. Her Infections of Leisure class with Lisa Cuchara, professor of biological sciences, allowed Marcone to combine health sciences with infectious disease, another area she’s passionate about.
“This class gave me the chance to explore diseases that may not be very common and understand the underlying risks,” Marcone said.
Marcone also mentioned Christian Eggers, professor of biomedical sciences, when discussing her favorite classes. She took microbiology and its lab course with Eggers.
In addition to her coursework and hands-on labs, Marcone served as a researcher at Western Connecticut State University. She spent three summers focusing on disease ecology, specifically the Backyard Integrated Tick Management Study. That experience positioned Marcone for graduate school and beyond. She’s currently pursuing a master of science in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
“Quinnipiac gave me the resources to be a well-rounded student who is comfortable speaking in a crowd and not afraid to advocate for myself and my education,” Marcone said.
Thinking past graduate school, Marcone envisions a career in preventive disease ecology, citing her summers researching ticks as a major reason.
“I took a chance on something I was unfamiliar with — ticks and entomology — and found my true passion,” Marcone said. “I was able to discover the importance of prevention measures in the public health field, whether it be preventive medicine, vector control, or even disaster planning.”