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Shelby Koch – Māhina 2017

Shelby Koch, was a student trainee in the 2017 Māhina program.

Shelby Koch (Choctaw): Dual major in biology and anthropology, Western Washington University
Halito, I am a member of the Choctaw Nation and grew up in rural Eastern Washington. I am a senior at Western Washington University majoring in biology/anthropology, and I am completing prerequisites for medical school. After the Mahina program, but before medical school, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Native American studies in Oklahoma. My ultimate goal is to become a physician and researcher working for my tribe in Oklahoma. I am interested in researching preventable diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. I am also deeply interested in evolution and how we can use evolutionary medicine to help combat modern epidemics. I am also an avid barefoot trail runner and swimmer and certified lifeguard.

Māhina is supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number T37MD008625-01.