Morayo Abbey-Bada

2025

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Neuroscience & Psychology

It is funny how things in life come full circle. From a young age, I have been fascinated by the human body, especially the brain. In fact, I would spend time outside of the classroom trying to memorize all that I could about the brain and different bones in the body. In addition to my early love for science, I grew up in a household that always valued sports and athletics. I distinctly remember early mornings listening to my dad yelling at his favorite soccer team, afternoons spent playing volleyball outside, and late nights watching the NBA as a family. In high school, I skirted around various career goals, but the one thing I knew was that I wanted to be in a position to give back and help my community. My parents are Nigerian immigrants who frequently spoke about how growing up the medical system was broken and favored those with money. In addition to this, they spoke about how talented they were in athletics but never had access to take their athletics to another level. I am a strong advocate for well-being, both mentally and psychologically. Exercise and sports are one way to increase overall well-being, and it is something I strive to bring to people all over the world. While there are still many questions I would like to answer through research, I have a goal of becoming a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and spreading knowledge on both the physiological and psychological effects of sports and exercise. I plan to start this journey by obtaining a B.S. in Neuroscience with Psychology and Chemistry Minors. On campus, I am a Writing Consultant with the Thompson Writing Studio where I am performing research on writing support for student-athletes here at Duke, a Math 111L TA, and an executive member of Duke’s Minority Association for Pre-Med Students (MAPS). Lastly, I am a part of a Bass Connections group that will collaboratively research Neurosurgical Systems in Nigeria and Uganda. I am excited for the rest of my time at Duke and plan to take advantage of all opportunities to grow and learn something new from faculty and students.

Morayo Abbey-Bada
Morayo Abbey-Bada
“Being a Cardea Fellow is an exciting four-year journey as a part of a community of diverse students that share a common objective and work together to ensure that we all achieve it. ”