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Jocelynn Acheampong posing for a picture

Hails from Virginia
B.S. in Microbiology
Virginia Tech, 2017

My name is Joycelynn Acheampong. Most of my upbringing was in my home state of Virginia, but I was born and spent my earliest years here in New England. In 2017, I earned my B.S. in microbiology at Virginia Tech, where I engaged in several global health research projects with topics such as water-quality testing and improving field diagnostics for tuberculosis and schistosomiasis. After graduation, I worked as a biologist/analyst in the biodefense field, where I gained extensive experience in BSL-2 laboratory environments focused on nucleic acid and protein processing and analysis. With my combined research experiences, I confirmed my passion for infectious disease but knew I wanted to be back within the health sphere. Thus, as I solidified my career goals, Tuft’s MS-IDGH program aligned perfectly by combining the science and the application of infectious diseases with the global health context. I have strong interest in learning more about RNA viral diseases and the difficulties in detection/diagnosis. After completing this program, I will aim to pursue my Ph.D. with hopes to find solutions to this problem as emerging viruses become of increasing concern. Outside the laboratory, I have an equal passion for music. I currently do freelance work ranging from music curation and writing to consulting and DJing in my spare time.