For Jack Sollee ’18, what began as a summer internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) after his sophomore year at Haverford has blossomed into a full-time job.
“I’ve been an intern in the Division of Neurology at CHOP since sophomore year and have developed good relationships with the primary investigators,” he said. “When it became time to find a job post-graduation, I knew I wanted to continue at CHOP.”
Sollee likes that this position furthers his interest in neurobiology, a field that combines his biology major and neuroscience minor into important medical research.
“As a biology major and neuroscience minor, this is the perfect job for me!” Sollee said, “I fell in love with neurobiology at Haverford. My senior thesis in neurobiology with [Assistant Professor of Biology] Roshan Jain truly made me realize my passion for neurobiology. I’m excited to continue my learning for the next few years in this position at CHOP.”
On the job, Sollee works primarily for Amy Waldman, Chief Medical Director of the Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence, whose research focuses on Multiple Sclerosis and Alexander Disease.
“I help her organize and coordinate studies, draft papers and grant proposals, recruit research participants, format and enter data, and various other tasks,” he said. “I also help analyze MRI brain scans.”
During his four years at Haverford, Sollee was a star member of the Men’s Lacrosse team and the recipient of the William W. Ambler ’45 Award, which is given to the senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.
“Playing athletics at Haverford really helped me develop leadership, communication, and teamwork skills that I find very useful in my current position,” said Sollee, who plans to eventually attend medical school.
“I hope that my time working at CHOP will ultimately help me become a great doctor,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but I know this experience will only further my interest.”
“Where They’re Headed” is a blog series reporting on the post-collegiate plans of recent Haverford graduates.
Photo: Jack Sollee ’18 (center) with major advisor Roshain Jain (left) and lacrosse coach Brendan Dawson (right).