Orneika Flandrin

PhD Student

WHERE I'M FROM

Portland, Jamaica

BEFORE VS

Before VS, I pursued my BSc in Biology at the Claflin University in South Carolina through the Passport to College program.

WHY I’M HERE

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the VS program, I think it is a great way to learn skills that can be transferred to just about any area of research. Other than the fact that I have a weird fascination with eyes, this is what essentially attracted me to the program.

MY RESEARCH

I am interested in understanding the different intricate cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of microbial, ocular diseases. Currently, I look at the role nerves play in preventing bacterial adhesion to the corneal surface.

MY GOALS

I hope to work in the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs and treatments for prominent ocular diseases. Long-term wise, I want to provide regular, affordable eye care services in Jamaica starting with the rural communities.

MY HOBBIES

I am an opacarophile so I am usually somewhere watching the sunset in my free time. I also enjoy watching movies, traveling and reading/discovering weird facts about sharks (like hammerheads having 360-degree vision).

Contact

381 Minor Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720