Welcome to my website! My name is Michelle Dalson, and I am a student at Duke University. I am majoring in psychology, minoring in biology, and taking premed courses for medical school.
As an aspiring physician-researcher, I am a strong proponent of scientific and medical advancement. Indeed, I am passionate about analyzing the world around me and then making connections between concepts, ideas, and events, especially if those concepts and events are about medicine, science, technology, and how all three have shaped society. Thus, I took on the challenge of writing fictional stories that would demonstrate how science, technology, and medicine have shaped our world, and vice versa.
Genotopia is the series I had written to demonstrate this theme. Though it is a fictional series, the 3 novels emphasize the ethics, benefits, and drawbacks of scientific progress. The stories take place in a world dependent on genetically modified animals, since my fascination with genetic research inspired me to write books like these.
Through these novels, I hope to emphasize three important themes:
1.) The relentless battle between nature and man’s scientific progress
2.) The beneficial (and dangerous) impact of scientific and medical advancement on racial divisions, culture, and society.
3.) The impact of culture and society on scientific and medical advancement
Now writing fiction was not particularly a hobby of mine. It was time-consuming and stressful: while I was writing these stories, I was always consumed by the feeling of impatience to just “get this over with.” That being said, writing novels is not something I am passionate about. So then why did I complete an entire series? Well, it was the idea behind writing these novels that kept me going– I cared about the progress of scientific and medical research and I wanted to create something that would emphasize the fascinating complexity of science and medicine.
On the other hand, medicine is a field in which I feel I belong to. Whenever I would volunteer in the hospital, shadow a doctor, interact and converse with patients, run wet-lab experiments, study for biological and physical science courses, or read research papers on the latest medical breakthroughs, I was never consumed by the feeling to “get it over with;” I enjoyed going through the process of learning and performing medical and scientific tasks in the lab and clinic one step at the time. Thus, although I will no longer be writing any more stories, I am eager to continue my work in medicine, aiming to advance the medical sciences in ways that would benefit society, just as I had depicted in the themes of my novels. I hope that my novels will also encourage my readers to address, understand, and appreciate how science and medicine have shaped our world.