By Brandi Gray
Sasha Hodge is on a mission. The Elizabeth City State University General Biology major’s mission is to find answers about diseases, particularly cancer. She also wants to use her studies and research to help people understand more about their genetic makeup.
Hodge, a senior, is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, says she loves the beauty of genes and its codes. She gained this aspiration of genes when her mother died of bone cancer, which led her to learn more about genetic problems and DNA.
Hodge says she decided to attend ECSU because of the university’s small and nurturing environment, the hands on experience, and the close interaction with her instructors. She feels that students should have a close relationship with their instructors and at ECSU she has that.
Hodge also says that ECSU is an encouraging and innovative institution that implements ideas in a creative way. She has experienced many opportunities through the biology department such as scholarships, internships, and tutoring. During the summer of 2016, she did cancer research. That experience, she says, also assisted her with her public speaking skills when she went to Tampa, Florida to present her research. She also has another internship, studying colon cells at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sasha Hodge will be a December 2017 graduate. After she graduates from ECSU, she wants to get a M.D. and a Ph.D in human genetics. She want to be able to tell couples who are hoping to have children how their genes could affect their child. Virginia Commonwealth University, University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and University of South Carolina are some of the institutions that she is looking into to further her education in genetics. Besides being a biology student at ECSU, she was a co-caption of a campus dance group called Savage. She does yoga every Wednesday.