Published 06/04/13

Christina Nadolny '13: Reaching her full potential

Majors: Biology, Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Path: Ph.D. candidate in pharmaceutical sciences

Christina Nadolny chose Bryant for its renowned business program, where the unique integration of business and liberal arts allowed her to experience a wide variety of courses. These opportunities for exploration can solidify the initial choice of major or lead to a completely different path.

Originally an accounting major, Nadolny loved a psychology elective she took. Subsequent science courses uncovered a passion, leading her to double major in biology and applied psychology.

As part of a summer research fellowship in her junior year, Nadolny worked closely in the Bryant Microbial Glycomics Laboratory with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christopher Reid, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D. Nadolny's main project was screening molecules for antimicrobial activity.

“The fellowship solidified my decision to major in biology and pursue a career in the sciences,” she says. “It provided me with hands-on experience in a well-equipped laboratory where specific attention is paid to each student – an invaluable experience!”

"If you don’t know how to market your talents ... you will never reach your full potential."

Papers she presented on some of her research efforts as an undergraduate were published in scientific journals in 2013. “The Effects of Fungal Volatile Organic Compounds on Bone Marrow Stromal Cells” appeared in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, while “Anti-bacterial glycosyl triazoles – Identification of an N-acetylglucosamine derivative with bacteriostatic activity against Bacillus” was published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications.

“I had so many valuable and crucial life experiences at Bryant that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” says Nadolny. “A Bryant education is invaluable because it teaches you everything you need to know about business, as well as the liberal arts. Even if you are the smartest person in your field, if you don’t know how to market your talents or you lack interpersonal skills, you will never reach your full potential.”

Nadolny is pursuing a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Rhode Island. She expects to graduate in 2018.