The Ohio State University at Marion


Someone will change the world, one neuron at a time

“My time at OSUM has been a very formative time and has gifted me a wealth of opportunities for personal growth and development, as well as scholarships and academic rigor.”

“I have always been fascinated by the brain and how chemical imbalances can lead to serious problems. The brain is the control center of the body. It is responsible for everything from monitoring, to regulating, and even action,” explained Kroh. “Because of its all-encompassing nature, when something goes wrong, it is often devastating. Neurochemistry for me is the perfect field to study. I want to change the world, one neuron at a time.”

In the future, Kroh plans on studying the role of chemical deficiencies in depression as well as other psychiatric diseases. He shared that, by further understanding the chemistry that leads to depression, as well as other diseases, more effective medications and therapeutic techniques could be developed to improve patient outlook. The research that he is currently engaged in at Ohio State Marion is personally important to him for several reasons. “First, it is initial exposure to how real science is done. In science, everything must be measured and calculated. Everything must be repeatable, this is the essence of good science. Learning how to think like a scientist and interpreting results is another skill that I am acquiring. In a lecture, answers are known and the problems given are ones that have already been solved, and thus an expert can explain and correct mistakes made by students. However, in research, as in life, sometimes you get uninterpretable results. This is because the essence of research is doing things that haven’t been done before. It takes critical thinking and experience to solve problems in the lab. Second, it is a way to learn the tools and techniques used in modern laboratories by geneticists.”

According to Kroh his undergraduate research experience also lays the ground work for continued research to earn his Ph.D. and a potential future career as a college professor and researcher. “My time at OSUM has been a very formative time and has gifted me a wealth of opportunities for personal growth and development, as well as scholarships and academic rigor. It also opened the door into research, which might be the seminal experience of my undergrad years,” he said.