Alexandra ‘Allie’ Arguello
Why I came to UE
I played for the UE women's soccer team, but it was not an easy decision to leave my home and family on the west coast for college in southern Indiana. What made the decision easier was my first impression of the university. I came on a visit during my senior year of high school and absolutely fell in love with the campus and the people here. Everyone went out of their way to make sure I had a good experience on my visit, including the admissions staff, biology professors, and especially current students. Coming from a fairly small high school, I loved the small campus and small class sizes that were promised. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this level of kindness does not end once you commit to coming to UE. The relationships I made with people at UE made my experience fantastic.
UE Biology Experiences
I had the opportunity to work with two incredible alumni of the bio department in their cardio-renal physiology research labs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I did research with Dr. Jennifer Pollock studying the regulation of nitric oxide production by dynamin 2 in the kidney. I learned more than I could have ever imagined in my two summers with the Pollock's, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to take advantage of that opportunity during my time at UE. I was a teaching assistant in Botany, Clinical Microbiology, and Molecular Perspectives. My favorite aspect of being a teaching assistant was sharing my experience as a pre-med biology student with the younger students who do not yet know what path they wanted to take with biology. During my freshman and sophomore years, the older biology students always went out of their way to help me and answer my questions so that was least I could do for the classes below.
- Received my MD from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
- Completed a year-long research fellowship during medical school in the orthopedic surgery department at UAB (Birmingham, AL), which I chose in part because of my incredible experience working for two summers in the Pollock lab at UAB while I was a UE student.
- Started residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I’ll be graduating from residency in 2026 and plan on pursuing a subspecialty fellowship after that.