Work History

Work History
Jan 2003 - Jan 2012

Surf Instructor

Camp Surf

Head surf instructor for the camp. Lead group lessons. Supervised other employees. Taught private lessons.

Education

Education
Jan 2012 - Present

Masters

Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California

Interest

Surfing, International Traveling, Snowboarding, Fishing, Music

Summary

Currently enrolled at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, Gregor McIver’s scholarly work has already appeared in professional publications such as Psychopharmocology. As impressive as his academic accomplishments, however, is Gregor McIver’s long history of giving back to the community. Gregor McIver has volunteered for numerous charities and nonprofit organizations over the past decade. He began as a volunteer with the Isla Vista Youth Project in Santa Barbara, California while still a college undergraduate. There, he worked at a pre-school for youth from low-income communities. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. McIver volunteered at La Casa Grande in Santa Barbara, where he worked with the area’s autistic population. Since then, he has served at a marine animal refuge in Costa Rica and as a surf instructor with Pure Surfing Experience in Manhattan Beach, California. In addition to his other charitable work, Gregor McIver has volunteered with a number of healthcare organizations. He currently donates his time and medical expertise to Healing Hearts Across Borders, an organization that sends doctors and medical students to Mexico to work with the local population. Volunteers conduct checkups, prescribe medications, and offer health education at a clinic that sees up to 1,000 patients per day. Previously, he volunteered in the emergency rooms at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California. Gregor McIver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, where he maintained a grade point average of 3.91. Prior to enrolling in medical school, he completed a Master’s degree in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University.

Keck School Receives $5 Million For Alzheimer’s Research

As a student enrolled in the master’s program in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University, Gregor McIver had his paper on hematopoietic stem cell transplant during leukemia treatment published by the Georgetown Medical School Library. Gregor McIver is currently studying at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.Selim Zilkha, a Los Angeles resident and member of the Keck School of Medicine of USC Board of Overseers, recently pledged $5 million toward Alzheimer’s research to be conducted to the Keck School. The donation brings Zilkha’s total contribution to neuroscience initiatives at the school to $30 million since 2003. So far, research at the Keck School—led by the director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) at USC, Berislav V. Zlokovic, MD, PhD—has involved examining the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular issues. Alzheimer’s currently claims the lives of 5 million Americans every year, and ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the country.

The Keck School Promotes Important Medical Research

A successful student, Gregor McIver has studied diverse subjects, such as Spanish, biology, and biopsychology, as well as physiology and biophysiology throughout his college career, which began in 2003. Currently, Gregor McIver is a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.With a history dating back to 1885, the Keck School of Medicine is currently the oldest medical school in all of southern California. In addition to educating future medical professionals, the Keck School is committed to research; its research programs and centers are home to a number of medical breakthroughs each year. A recent study conducted by Keck School researchers may have discovered a link between autism and air pollution. The study, which was led by Heather E. Volk, PhD, and Daniel B. Campbell, PhD, looked at 408 two- to five-year-old children. A majority of the children, 252, met the criteria for autism and possessed a gene that put them at a higher risk for the disorder. The study found that the 252 children with autism not only possessed a genetic disposition for the disorder, but also had a history of air pollution exposure. While more research is needed on the matter, the implication of the study is that there may be an interaction between genetic risk factors and certain environmental factors that could put some children at a higher risk for developing autism. This is the first study to discover this type of interaction, but Campbell and Volk are currently conducting more research on air pollution and autism risk.