Kristen Mary Hekimian Earns Two UMass Amherst Degrees

June 28, 2023

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Kristen Mary Hekimian of Bedford is a 2023 graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA (grade point average) in May.

At UMass in the Commonwealth Honors College and the College of Natural Sciences, she earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Biology, and the NeuroScience track from the department of Psychology.

After graduation, she will be conducting research with the renowned molecular biologist, Dr. Douglas Melton of the Harvard University Stem Cell Institute. Dr. Melton’s lab applies developmental biology using stem cells and regenerative biology to understand and change the course of diabetes, and potentially Parkinson’s disease. Due to his research, Dr. Melton was named in 2009, one of Time Magazine’s top 100 people who would most affect our world.

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Kristen will be utilizing her laboratory, research and investigatory skills, applying them to regenerative biology, while also looking forward to pursuing graduate studies.

She is also the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards past and present. and is a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 2019.

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