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Top Left: Girl Before A Mirror, Top Right: On the Waves of Love, Bottom Left: The Dream, Bottom Right: The Great Wave

Irina Kulichenkova

My journey and academic preparation is an extraordinary and rewarding one that has spanned continents and taken me half way around the world. After graduating from high school, I immigrated to the United States with my family from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a country that is 6,338 miles away.
Currently, I am a graduate student at Columbia University working on my second Masters degree, a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine. In February 2018, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Biotechnology from Columbia University. And I graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2015. My graduate work is intellectually stimulating and revealing new horizons. As a scientist, curiosity is part of my nature. In addition, to natural and social science I have a love for painting and drawing. My inspiration includes the great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Katsushika Hokusai, Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne to begin with. Their use of form, style, color, placement, process, method, beauty, and imagination are pure genius.
My calling and passion is science and medicine, and art is the path. The relationship between art and medicine is very strong. The crossroads of art and science are more relevant now than ever. Art in medicine is very important and it helps me to express myself, strengthen my observation skills, and become a better professional. For example, the medical drawings and illustrations of Leonardo da Vinci to Grey’s Anatomy by Henry Grey all the way to Reductionism in Art and Brain Science of the Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel goes hand in hand with art. The arc of my academic studies has been outlined with diligence and fortitude. I have always found strength focusing on my love of learning and books. I was raised in an environment, where medicine and science were discussed and appreciated, both of my
parents are medical doctors. I had resolved early on to study medicine. I want to be a doctor and a medical expert, because I want to make a difference in patients’ lives, and to make important decisions to improve patient’s health, and to make the world a better place through science and healing.