Staff Spotlight: Jasmine Allen
Jasmine Allen, our newest clinical trials assistant, is the subject of this week’s spotlight interview. Allen, who joined the Department this August, talks to us about her decision to come to Duke, working on clinical trials to develop biomarkers for recurring epilepsy, and experimenting with different cooking styles and flavors outside of Duke.
Welcome to the Duke Neurology Department! Where were you working before you came here?
This is my first job out of college. I just graduated in May from East Carolina University, with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health.
How did you decide to come to Duke?
I was born and raised in Durham. I have always been passionate about all aspects of health so I knew when I graduated I wanted to work here in my hometown with one of the nation’s leaders in the health industry.
What are your responsibilities within the Department? What does a typical day for you look like?
I'm a clinical trials assistant. I'm currently focusing on creating databases for epilepsy clinical research and consenting patients for those studies. I’m working on multiple databases; the largest will track and follow up with past and current patients who have had one or more seizures. The studies I'm assisting Dr. Saurabh Sinha with will focus on developing molecular bio-markers for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment in patients with recurrent epilepsy.
What do you enjoy most about your work so far?
I enjoy that I'm learning something new everyday. Everyday is always different and a
opportunity to grow.
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the Department?
Outside of the department I enjoy cooking, spending time with family, and exercising. I enjoy experimenting with different styles and combining different flavors. I don't have a favorite recipe but I enjoy creating new pasta dishes.
Allen poses with ECU's Pee Dee the pirate.