Peter Larson, also known as PJ, from New Canaan, Connecticut, is a May 2015 graduate of UConn who double-majored in Pathobiology and Molecular and Cell Biology. He worked at the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Office for his entire undergraduate career. He was selected as the keynote speaker at the Honors Medal Ceremony by a committee of graduating seniors. Peter’s University Scholar thesis was completed under the guidance of Dr. Paulo Verardi, in which he genetically engineered programmable vaccinia virus vectors for vaccines and anti-cancer therapies. In addition, he is a volunteer firefighter and competitive ballroom dancer. Peter is an aspiring physician-scientist who will begin pursuing his MD/PhD at UConn Health. He ultimately hopes to pursue a career in infectious disease research and vaccine development.