Bjorn Sunde

Research Assistant/Researcher III at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Snohomish, Washington

Class of 2012, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Chemistry majors


With a background in both chemistry and cellular and molecular biology, Sunde works as a research assistant for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has started training for a job in the microbiology lab in order to carry out a project that the lab has contracted in Tres Cantos, Spain, for a couple years.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

It connects directly to the work I’m doing today because I work in a microbiology lab. Without the skills I learned at SPU, I would not have had the opportunities I’ve had since graduating from college.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Drs. Derek Wood and Benjamin McFarland made differences in my education. In their courses, I gained experience performing original research projects in the lab and got a taste of the scientific life.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Study and do whatever interests you after graduation, even if it doesn’t seem directly related to what you studied.