Alumni Spotlight

 

Bryan Holloman, B.S. '13

Bryan Holloman is a decorated Army veteran, having completed a tour (Global War on Terrorism), an entrepreneur, an Adjunct Biology instructor at the University of Maryland University Colleges, and Ph.D. Candidate in Immunology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Bryan received his MS degree in Biotechnology from Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in 2015 and his BS in Biology (Pre-Med) with a minor in Sociology from Columbus State University in 2013. Throughout his research career, undergraduate to graduate, Mr. Holloman's studies have been focused on medicinal plants. For his doctoral studies, Mr. Holloman is studying the relationship between plant-derived compounds and the adaptive immune system using both transplant rejection and acute lung injury murine models. His studies are aimed at determining whether treatment with the Ahr ligand indole-3-carbinol effect reparative reepithelialization and restore lung functioning through an immune-mediated mechanism in patients with acute lung injury. Bryan is also an activist that fights social injustice and a leader that organized community-based events to promote STEAM careers in low-income communities. Recently, Bryan was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Service Award and was named as a 2020 Graduate Civic Scholar for his community outreach. While his dream is to become an astronaut, Bryan also hopes to one day build STEAM centers in low-income communities in his hometown Columbus, Ga.

 

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