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Student Snapshot: Chase Weizer ’22

Chase Weizer '22

When he first visited campus, Chase Weizer '22 sensed that he'd have an opportunity at Dickinson to distinguish himself and excel. Now, this biochemistry & molecular biology major is conducting student-faculty cancer research. He's also a tutor, a student-mentor, club-tennis player and tour guide.


Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.


Biochemistry & molecular biology, with a minor in Chinese.

Clubs and organizations:  

Club tennis, biology department mentor program, chemistry lab (teaching assistant), chemistry and biology departments (peer tutor), Liberty Caps (tour guides) and Delta Sigma Phi.


Alpha Lambda Delta, Dean’s List, Benjamin Rush Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Order of Omega.

Favorite book:

Daniel X by James Patterson.

Favorite movie:

Back to the Future.

Best thing about my major:

Lots of lab time (I really like working in the lab).

On choosing Dickinson:

I was considering a couple of different small liberal-arts colleges, but Dickinson really stood out, because I didn’t feel like just another number. I now know I was justified in my decision, as I have been afforded a lot of opportunities at Dickinson that I wouldn’t have been offered at other schools, and faculty and staff go out of their way to help students.

Favorite place on campus:

Rector Science Complex.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Cream of tomato soup.

About my research:

I’m currently doing research with Associate Professor of Biology Mike Roberts that focuses on the study of human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with human leukemic (HL-60) cell lines. We aim to reprogram the HL-60 cell line so that these cells no longer express leukemic phenotypes and undergo programmed cell death through a process known as apoptosis (essentially, we are looking at how the cancer cell can be reprogrammed to become a normal, healthy cell capable of self-destruction). We reprogram the cell line to undergo apoptosis by treating the cell line with a compound known as PMA, which essentially just reverses the leukemic phenotype. Our lab also examines PMA-response genes (roughly 1,257 in total) for the HL-60 cell line to determine which genes are significant in the reprogramming of AML cells. Specifically, I am examining the TGIF1 gene.

Post-Dickinson plans:

Work as a lab technician in a research lab for at least a couple years and go on to graduate school to get my Ph.D.

As I kid, I wanted to be …

… a chocolatier.

Proudest accomplishment so far:

In college, I’ve done well enough academically to qualify for honors in my major. And as treasurer of my fraternity, I have raised enough funds to fund all of our prospective philanthropy events and to serve the chapter for the foreseeable future.

Little-known hobby/talent:

I’ve been playing piano since I was 4 years old.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:

Get as involved as possible; the more involved you get, the more people you meet, and the more opportunities come your way.

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Published August 12, 2021