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Danny Low

March 1, 2011
Danny Low is using his Pomona College education to better the world, teaching HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania and conducting research on tuberculosis in Kenya.

Danny Low is using his Pomona College education to better the world, teaching HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania and conducting research on tuberculosis in Kenya.

The first thing Danny Low '11 sees in the morning is a paper pinned to the wall of his room. It's not simply a list of goals, but a reminder of how he wants to live his life. An anthropology major and chemistry minor, Danny hopes to attend medical school and work in sub-Saharan Africa. It's a path that was inspired by his mother's bout with and subsequent recovery from cancer.

Caring About Health Care

“Fortunately, my mom received excellent health care, which is not available to everyone. And even though there are huge health problems in this country, I decided I wanted to work in a region of the world where people have little or no access to care and where, potentially, I can have the biggest impact.”

Immediate Impact

Danny isn't waiting until after graduation to have an impact. Last year, he spent seven months in Africa teaching HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania, doing summer undergraduate research on tuberculosis in Kenya and conducting ethnographic research on street children while studying abroad in Mombasa.

Connecting With People

“When I came to Pomona, I didn't have a specific major in mind until I took a course in medical anthropology with Pardis Mahdavi, who is a fantastic professor,” says Danny. “It made sense that if you want to work in different cultures and be an effective physician, you have to be able to connect with people.”

Idealistic Goals

“I entered college with some idealistic goals. I've been both fostered and challenged at Pomona—through my courses, my classmates and by both Professor Garza-López in chemistry and Professor Mahdavi, who have really pushed me forward. And because of that experience, I feel confident that I am capable of making a difference in this world.”