Laura Jackson PhD, “I feel unbelievably fortunate to have received the American Head and Neck Society Myers’ Family Fellowship award. I want to express gratitude for this amazing opportunity as a summer fellow as it was an invaluable experience that has truly enriched my journey as a medical student in numerous ways. I had the privilege of learning from some of the best surgeons in the field of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas Medical Center with Dr. Lisa Shnayder as my mentor while I shadowed in the clinic and OR. While Dr. Sufi Thomas and members of her lab allowed me to experience cutting edge research in the field of head and neck cancer. As I move forward in my medical school career, I will carry the lessons and experiences I learned this summer with me as I pursue my interest in ENT. Again, I would like the thank the AHNS and the Myers’ Family Fellowship for this incredible opportunity and look forward to attending the AHNS annual meeting in May 2024.”
Dr. Jackson is a MD Candidate Class of 2026. A native of London, England, Laura Jackson came to the US to play college soccer in 2009. Upon receiving her degree in Biology (2013), she spent 10 years as a Division I collegiate soccer coach while at the same time receiving her masters in Neuroscience (2015), and PhD in Exercise Science (2018). After receiving her doctorate in 2018, Laura went on to play professional soccer with the women’s Jamaican National Team in 2019, playing in 3 matches in the run up to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2022 Laura matriculated at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, class of 2026.