In May 2017, Ben will graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in mathematics and a B.S.H.S. in Physiology. He works in the lab of Dr. Daniela Zarnescu studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis using a fruit fly model. With the overarching goal of determining the role of TDP-43 on the degeneration of motor neurons, he investigates the dysregulation of translational machinery in an ALS context. Outside of the lab, he acts as a co-president of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Club, and is a student ambassador for the Honors College, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. One of his greatest passions is organizing community service events through the Undergraduate Biology Research Program. After graduation, he will pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University.