Cochrane’s work in the research lab and classroom involving breast cancer metastases and melanoma cells may seem like a world away from his stage performances, but he says Rose-Hulman offers an ideal environment
for combining several interests.
“There’s a tight-knit community of scientists and engineers that enjoy creativity and live innovation,” he says. “Whether your personal creativity may lie in performing or visual arts, writing, athletic expression,
or even laboratory research, Rose-Hulman not only supports it, but also celebrates it.”
He has applied to medical schools across the country and plans to pursue a
physician-scientist career track. He would
Alex Cochrane has found two stages on campus to showcase his creative expression—in the research laboratory and under the bright theater lights.
Cochrane, a senior applied biology major, believes his acting, singing, and
dancing on the Hatfield Hall stage in Drama Club productions has brought
forth creativity in the classroom and research laboratory, where his current
interests center on immunology and cancer.
“As a budding research scientist, I find the ability to balance competing actions and ideas in the lab is drawn from my stage awareness,” Cochrane says. “I often
find the actor in me takes over when trying to relay ideas in science to people.”
He has had plenty of opportunities to develop his performing skills at Rose-
Hulman. The role of Chip Tolentino in this fall’s The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee was Cochrane’s 10th Drama Club show. He has also played Monsieur André in The Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
“I came in as a wide-eyed freshman seeking guidance, friendship, and a
challenge for my performance abilities. It has been exactly that,” he says.
like to eventually work as an oncologist or allergy/asthma physician and research the malfunctions of the immune system.
“He is the student of our 2013 (applied biology) class with the most focused
professional goals, a plan to accomplish those goals, and, most importantly, the ability to accomplish those goals,” says Ella Ingram, PhD, associate professor of applied biology. “He will be an important contributor to medical science and a compassionate medical professional.”
Christopher Adam is an Indiana-based freelance writer.