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Carmel Witte

Carmel Witte

Epidemiologist | San Diego Zoo Institute | Class of 2000

Carmel Witte's road to the San Diego Zoo started with a big-time award.

“The summer between my freshman and sophomore year, I received an award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to do original research with a professor at Illinois. I connected with one of the faculty members at the vet school and she seemlessly integrated me into her lab with graduate students.

"As an undergrad, I spent hours every week on the third floor of the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building participating in epidemiology research in the Department of Pathobiology. 

"Of course, this made my 19-year old self feel like I was doing something pretty important on such a big campus.  It turned out to be the most formative part of my U of I education and launched me into my career today.”