Class of 2012
Rachel Hoffmann, a biochemistry major from Searcy, Ark., is investigating the relationship between genetics and individual differences in pain thresholds. She also was named a 2010 Goldwater Scholar, the premier award for recognizing students pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering.
Working with interdisciplinary teams in psychology and biochemistry, her award-winning research has been presented at the 2009 Society for Neuroscience Conference and the 2009 Oklahoma Psychological Association Conference. Her current research analyzes how cells destroy pathogens in the body, and she presented her work at the 2010 American Chemical Society Meeting.
Because of a unique program at TU, Hoffmann has been able to combine her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in order to complete both degrees in only four years. She plans to earn her doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology, and then work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in treating diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.