Dream Catchers: Mary Ann de Banate

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Even with a hibiscus tucked behind her ear, Mary Ann de Banate is no flower child. This serious student of human biology is well on the path to being a physician. She has just begun a yearlong program with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program, where she works side-by-side with scientists doing biomedical research. Mary Ann is assisting a pediatric endocrinologist in clinical research of type II diabetes in young adults and children, a growing health concern.

When she becomes a doctor (she’s applying for med school in 2008), it’s a good bet Mary Ann will listen to her patients. As a resident adviser at Scripps, she developed skills in mediation, confrontation, and deliberation. She also was an activist for community health issues, working with medically underserved communities both as a volunteer and for her human biology thesis research. “My involvement in both the Scripps community and in surrounding areas have cemented in me the importance of giving back to my community, and that is something I will carry with me in my life’s work,” she says.