Dr. Andrew Matrick
BA in Biochemistry; minor in Biological Science (2013)
“For me, biochemistry was a perfect combination of chemistry and biology with an emphasis on the processes underlying living systems. My initial biology and organic chemistry courses ignited my interest by overviewing the foundations of living systems. More advanced courses showed me how to model and predict the complexities of life.”
Matrick worked for several years on a novel synthetic compound to treat cancer at the genetic level and presented his research at the American Chemical Society national convention. He was also a researcher in the Department of Pharmacognosy, Department of Surgery (at UMMC), and MS Center for Contextual Psychology. He received the MS Associated Press Broadcast Award for the Best College Newscast, was a member of the Men’s Chorus and Oxford Civic Chorus, VP for Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-med honor society), and Outreach Chair for the Student Member of American Chemical Society from which he won the Biochemistry Award. He was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.
After graduating, Matrick enrolled in medical school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine where he served as Class Vice President and President, and earned an MBA from the Penn State Smeal MBA program. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Northwestern University while he was also VP of Operations with HealthCare Association. Matrick is now Managing Partner with Aven Harbor, PLLC.
Why study biochemistry at UM?
“It is a tightly-knit program with small class sizes that provides the opportunity to have career-shaping relationships with faculty and early undergraduate involvement in research. The B.A. degree offers an incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of the world. It allowed me the flexibility to take classes like Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture, Philosophy of Mind, and Modern American Literature that broadened my worldview and deepened my curiosity around the study of humanity.”