Jacqueline J.

Graduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

Even as a child, cystic fibrosis research pipelines fascinated me. Monitoring the development of drugs and treatments over time was exhilarating – watching novel ideas rise and fall, wondering if a drug that worked on mice would someday work on me, and celebrating successful new treatments filled me with hope. Research paves the future of cystic fibrosis, and as a community we collectively celebrate it. For research to advance, however, cheers alone don’t suffice; it requires those of us with cystic fibrosis to step into the role of trailblazers and participate. I have found great reward in participating in clinical trials, and my wish is that the cystic fibrosis community would better embrace the importance of participation.

As I prepare to begin my physician assistant graduate program, I look forward to developing skills to lead clinical research from the other side of the looking glass. Research leads the future of medicine, and I hope to express the importance of this to my colleagues and patients. To my colleagues, I hope to direct the curiosity and compassion that drove us to medicine in the first place toward clinical research to improve not only our patients’ lives but the lives of future patients. To my own patients and those in the cystic fibrosis community, I hope to impart how rewarding it is to be a research participant. Through more active participation in research, together we can blaze a trail for the future of people with cystic fibrosis.


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Jacqueline J.'s Achievements

  • Saint Catherine University, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Class of 2020.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S. in Science Pre-Professional Studies, minor in Science Technology and Values. Graduated with Cum Laude honors, 2017. Deans list 2013-2017.
  • Mayo Clinic, Biomedical Ethics Research Fellowship, 2017. Concentration in Disabilities Ethics and Reproductive Ethics.
  • Co-founder of Invisililies of Notre Dame, an organization for students with invisible illnesses, 2014-2017.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Advocate and Volunteer, Minnesota Chapter and Indiana Chapter, 2009-present. Great Strides team leader in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Mishawaka locations 2013-2018.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI), Advocate and Volunteer, 2016. Gave presentation, “Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland and the US”, for Dublin Your Knowledge series at O’Connell House, Dublin.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Dublin, Community Based Learning Volunteer, 2016.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Benedictine Senior Living at Steeple Pointe and River Oaks of Anoka, memory care unit, 2015-2017.
  • Clear Choice, Personal Care Attendant, 2017-present. Working with child with Down syndrome.
  • Intramural Flag Football, Co-Captain, 2013-2016.