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Sep

27

Brown University student pursues marine biology and medicine

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Brown Sophomore Peter Baek on the tall ship Robert c. Seamans, as part of a for-credit summer marine research program. (Photo Courtesy Peter Baek)

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Sailing for Science
By David Orenstein
Brown Alumni Magazine

Peter Baek ’19 is a premed student, a scientist, and an explorer—thanks to a Disney movie.

“Ever since watching Finding Nemo with my grandpa and dad,” he says, “our love for fish and the ocean blossomed as every shelf around the house became occupied with aquariums.” Looking after all those fish inevitably led to an interest in science, Baek explains, and then to oncology: “The passing of my grandpa from laryngeal cancer transformed my interest in science to something deeper—the desire to pursue a career in oncology in dedication to my grandpa.”

In the years since high school, marine biology and cancer medicine have become inseparable to Baek. He’s learned, for example, that the tentacled aquatic animal bugula produces a chemical that has shown promise in fighting cancer. Before arriving at Brown last year, he spent summers learning about cancer biology in labs at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Institutes of Health.

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