Caroline Foley

Caroline Foley

Year Entered
2017

Hometown
Westfield, MA, USA

Undergraduate Degree
Providence College, B.S. Biochemistry, 2017

Research Group
Frye and James

Current Research Focus
I am in the biological chemistry division. In my lab, we are interested in the impact of epigenetics on disease states. Our goal is to develop chemical probes to better understand chromatin reader proteins and their implication in disease.

Short Bio
I became interested in chemistry at my undergraduate institute after seeing an alumnus speak about her job at a pharmaceutical company. Learning about her work helped me make a connection between the high school chemistry class that I enjoyed to a real-world application of chemistry. Making this connection encouraged me to pursue research and ultimately a graduate degree. Helping people and making a positive impact through chemistry inspires me.

Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
My graduate visit to UNC convinced me to join the UNC Chemistry Ph.D. program. The main takeaway from that visitation weekend was the people. The professors and students were friendly and inviting. It seemed (and is true) that students could maintain a work-life balance here and enjoy their time as students. I could see myself being happy at UNC, which is why it was an easy decision to make—plus, North Carolina is not as cold as Wisconsin.

What are your future plans?
I am open and excited to see where my graduate degree will take me in the next couple of years. Ultimately, I want to pursue a career with a biomedical focus and/or application. Currently, my future hope is to return to Massachusetts where most of my family is located and work at a biotechnology company in Boston.