Jaquel Barnes was the first college graduate of No Greater Sacrifice. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Psychology on August 11, 2012.
While attending Florida State University, Jaquel gained an invaluable research experience by participating in a directed independent study in the Florida State University College of Medicine under the direction of principal investigator, Dr. Jacob Vanlandingham, Ph.D. The research within the lab focused on concussions and repeated mild traumatic brain injuries. Her experience in the lab helped to solidify her passion for research.
She had a research training position at the National Institute of Health where she conducted research on traumatic brain injuries. After completing her training, she worked at Walter Reed at the Intrepid Center. Jaquel is continuing her education, and she is interested in obtaining a MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Her goal is to become a physician-scientist and continue to help military personnel suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
“As a future physician-scientist, I desire to not only learn the science of medicine but unlock new doors of discovery and innovation that will impact the lives of others. I am committed to giving back to the military community and look forward to mentoring future NGS recipients.”