Graduate Spotlight: Priyal Bagwe

A young woman stands outdoors in academic regalia, holding a bouquet of flowers. She wears a black graduation gown with velvet panels, a blue hood, and a black tam (a soft, round cap with a tassel). The setting is lush and green, with tall trees and sunlight filtering through the leaves. She smiles brightly at the camera.
Priyal Bagwe. Photo courtesy Priyal Bagwe

Priyal Bagwe graduated from Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy with a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to leverage my knowledge and skills to contribute to providing effective and affordable health care for the patient community. Whether through research in industry or academia, I am committed to making a positive impact wherever my career leads me.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor was Dr. Martin J. D’Souza, professor of pharmaceutical sciences. He contributed significantly to my professional and personal growth, pushing my limits and helping me become a better researcher. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes and our lab meetings.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

Among the many memories, my favorite is the snack week organized by MUSCA in 2020, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved our lab coffee runs.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was immunology with Dr. Sherif Hafez, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. I had the opportunity to unlearn and relearn many concepts.

How do you plan on changing the world?

I plan to change the world by embodying the belief that change starts with you. My goal is to develop myself and inspire those around me, creating a domino effect of positive change.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

My advice to incoming students is to take full advantage of the resources Mercer offers and to build strong connections with your peers, as they will become your professional network in the future.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

I was a COVID Ph.D., starting my program at Mercer in 2020, right at the beginning of the pandemic. Mercer prepared me for the future by building resilience and teaching me how to face adversity head on and emerge stronger.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer has provided me with the highest level of education and lifelong mentors and friends.

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