Thaiddeus Dillie, a member of the Honors College from Weirton, will graduate with a degree in biochemistry (ASBMB track) and a minor in business administration. He serves as a student ambassador for the Division of Student Life, peer mentor for the WVU Honors College and Student Government Association representative for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
Driven by his admiration for West Virginia and WVU, he was honored to serve as the 2019-20 Alternate Mountaineer Mascot dedicated to fostering a competitive yet respectful environment. He was also named the 2019 Homecoming King and is a member of the WVU Figure Skating Club.
Dillie is a first-generation student who has volunteered his time to the community, immersed himself in research, served as a teaching assistant and traveled abroad throughout his undergraduate studies, including to rural Panama with the John Chambers College of Business and Economics to perform community service as a professional business consultant, and to Ghana with WVU Global Dental and Medical Brigades where he worked with local medical professionals to facilitate care in rural areas and partnered with masons to build biodigesters for local families.
From 2016 to 2018, he conducted research on the connectome of the auditory system in mice, and in 2018, helped develop assays to measure sheep antibody specific to proteins from a deadly sheep parasite at the WVU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
After graduation, he will pursue his MBA at WVU and hopes to one day attend WVU School of Medicine.