In His Father's Footsteps

Meyers presented posteers at ASM branch and general meetings and at the International Papillomavirus Conference in Montreal, Canada.
Jordan Meyers, a recent graduate from BYU’s Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department, is attending Harvard’s Virology Ph.D. program this fall. Meyers grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and from an early age he knew he was going to major in micro- biology. “I was always interested in science growing up, specifically lab work,” says Meyers. His father, who was a student in the Microbiology Department at BYU, kindled Meyers’ interest in science. Jordan grew up hearing about his father’s BYU experiences, including the classes he took and the professors he had at BYU. “I got really excited about being part of the program,” continues Jordan. “So I started taking the classes and working in the lab. I have loved it ever since.”

Jordan has been doing research on human papil-lomavirus (HPV) in Dr. Richard Robison’s lab for the past three years. Interestingly, Dr. Robison was a TA for Meyers’ father, Craig, who is now a professor at Penn- sylvania State University and also performs research on HPV. “When I came to BYU,” says Meyers, “Dr. Robison
and I took the project off the shelf and we got it going.” The project was somewhat stalled until Jordan started at BYU because Dr. Robison had not yet had a student solve the issue of a reliable quantitative assay for infectious HPV since this virus does not grow in normal cell culture.

Now a professor at Penn State University, Jordan Meyers' father, Craig Meyers, also received his B.S. and M.S. from BYU's Microbiology program.
Opportunities in the College of Life Sciences were enriching for Meyers. His experience in viral research has taken Jordan to various parts of the country and to Canada. If you are motivated and interested in what you are doing,” comments Meyers, “BYU has the resources to make you as good as you want to be.” He has completed three summer internships at Pennsylvania State University as well as an internship at NIAID at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. Last year Meyers had the opportunity to do an oral presentation at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) branch meeting, and this year he did a poster presentation at the ASM general meeting in San Diego. Jordan’s most recent opportunity took him to the International Papillomavi- rus Conference in Montreal where he presented a poster. “It was great being able to talk with researchers from all over the world,” says Meyers. While awaiting the start of graduate school this fall, Jordan spent time preparing a
“BYU has the resources to make you as good as you want to be.”
manuscript for publication, which he hopes to have submitted for review before the end of this year.

In applying to graduate school, Meyers felt the Microbiology program in the College of Life Sciences had prepared him well. “I did not feel intimidated by other students at interviews and meetings,” remarks Meyers. He realized his coursework was more extensive than what many of the other applicants had and compa- rable to those from Yale and Stan- ford. He continues, “ I think it is evident that the teachers in the Microbiology Department have a wide range of experience and expertise and are willing to teach.” Jordan also feels the independence in his research project and the one-on-one time he enjoyed with his mentor, Dr. Robison, are unique to BYU. Meyers looks forward to a future of oncogenic viral research, and he hopes to have teaching opportunities along the way.

Shaela Avery Willie