Student Corner: Heather Franco

January 1, 2011

Heather Franco
Heather Franco

Heather Franco counts being selected as a BRASS Scholar as one of her best educational experiences at Baylor College Medicine.

She came to BCM after graduating cum laude from Trinity University in 2006 with a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. She was named a BRASS Scholar that same year.

"Through BRASS, I've had many opportunities that will help further my education, career and eventually influence patient care. BRASS is a great financial and personal support system to have," said Franco, who received her graduate degree in molecular and cellular biology in December.

She worked in Dr. Francesco DeMayo's lab researching progesterone signaling in the uterus during pregnancy and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her time at BCM. She will have four first-authored papers and in 2010 alone was awarded third place in the Trainee Platform Competition at the Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting, first place platform presentation at BCM's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Student Symposium and first place poster Presentation at the Texas Forum for Reproductive Sciences.

Franco will go on to a postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where she will begin research in early reproductive system development.

"Through BRASS, I have been able to meet so many people in the Houston community and been able to explore Houston," she says. "It has been a wonderful experience for me – I'm so grateful for this support."