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Nate Montgomery ’00


Biology major, chemistry minor

Nate Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D., became one of the top doctoral students in genetics and molecular biology in the country after finding his passion for science at North Central College, where he ran cross country and earned his degree in biology. 

Guided by a young professor with an interest in researching yeast genetics, Montgomery learned an approach to science that served him well as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). So successful was this young scientist that he won a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship valued at $200,000 and received the Kenan/Edwards-Hobgood Fellowship at UNC. 

After graduating from the UNC School of Medicine in 2011, he spent four years completing a pathology residency before moving on to a molecular pathology and hematopathology fellowship.