Giannina L. Garces Ambrossi graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors and Distinction from Mary Baldwin College, in Staunton, Virginia, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry in 2002. She received the Gates Millenium Scholar award for scholarship and leadership.
While in medical school, Giannina received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award for combining achievement in science and excellence in the humanities.
Giannina’s research focuses on rat models of spine injury, including spinal cord inflammation and tumor resection. She is also investigating clinical and intra-operative factors associated with neurological function and disease progression after spine surgery.
Giannina is currently a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is expected to obtain her medical degree in 2009.