Zachary Williams


Zachary Williams
Home Town
Burnsville, NC
Prior Degrees

BS, Biology
Bryan College
Dayton, TN

Sackler Program(s)
Molecular Microbiology
Thesis Adviser
John Coffin, PhD

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

My parents raised me with a love of nature and an interest in the way things work, so I’ve always been interested in a scientific career. I chose biology because it seemed like the only area where you could still make major discoveries without the use of scary math.

How is the environment at Sackler helping you achieve your professional goals?

I like the mix of basic and translational research, and there’s a collegial, but laid back atmosphere that makes it a great place to learn. There is a sense that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them, which I think makes for good science.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

I’ll probably try to get an academic post-doc. I don’t know if I have what it takes to be a PI, but I love the academic environment and the freedom to follow my curiosity wherever it leads.

Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?

Everybody seemed to like each other, and the Microbiology program especially seemed tight knit and supportive. I was very interested in John Coffin’s research, and the science in the other labs seemed strong as well.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and using my training as a mad scientist to create culinary monstrosities.

What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?

Before coming to Tufts, I’d never lived in a city, and never lived outside the South, so every day in Boston is a bit of an adventure. There’s always something new to see.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

I haven’t gone out to eat enough to have a favorite, but I had a sandwich at Mike and Patty’s recently which was astonishingly tasty.

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