Yuriy Milobog ’22 : Biology

Name: Yuriy Milobog

Hometown: Utica, NY

Major: Biology

Graduation Year: 2022

Yuriy is currently applying to medical schools. He also works as an RN at St. Luke’s hospital in Utica, NY.

Why did you choose SUNY Poly?

I chose SUNY Poly because, as a state institute, it was more affordable. Also, Poly is near my home, with a commute of 15 minutes.

Why did you decide to pursue Biology as a major?

I chose biology as my pre-med program. I liked that Poly’s biology and chemistry professors keep students actively engaged in labs and lectures.

How would you describe your relationship with your professors?

I’ve built a connection with most of my professors that would make my learning more meaningful.

Was there an impactful academic experience at SUNY Poly that stands out to you?

One of the impactful academic experiences that I had was with the late Dr. Hochberg. I had him for one semester before his passing. I found his teaching style memorable due to his ability to bring many examples that I could relate to. He talked a lot about COVID misinformation going around in the spring of 2021 and why this misinformation is incorrect.

What kinds of internships and student research opportunities did you have during your time at SUNY Poly?

I was part of the Masonic Medical Research Institute’s summer fellowship program for the summers of 2021 and 2022 and a research assistant with my preceptor during the fall and spring semesters of 2021-2022. I worked on developing fluorescent nanoparticles for inflammation imaging.

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities?

I was a member of the SUNY Poly Golf club.

What was the best class you took at SUNY Poly?

My all-time favorite class in Poly has been genetics. I enjoyed learning about the complex nature of gene mutations, genetic diseases, and ways of discovering treatments for such illnesses.

What did you do for fun on campus?

I’m a big fitness guy, so being able to go to the gym and weight-lift, as well as play basketball with friends at the Wildcat field, has been my favorite part of attending Poly.

What are you going to miss about your time at SUNY Poly?

I will miss the ability to grow further and develop my understanding of various biological, chemical, and physical concepts. Learning is a lifelong process that will lead to solutions in making the earth a better place.