Kiera Patanella | 49er Graduate | UNC Charlotte | Charlotte, NC

What degree(s) are you earning? What do you plan on doing after graduation? 

I have earned a Master's degree in Bioinformatics.

Favorite spot on campus and why? 

My favorite spot is the lake across form Levine, just because I love nature (and turtles).

Most valuable lesson learned during your college career? 

The best thing I learned here is that it is not selfish to love and take care of myself, and to trust my instincts no matter what. 


Kiera, you amaze me! Your drive, positivity and energy are so contagious! Kudos to you for balancing graduate school and all of the twists and turns that this year has given you! You are sure to do big things! Thank you for everything you contributed to our community this year. Your presence has been invaluable! 

Ushvani Jagdeo