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Hannah Bruno Whitaker

Bachelor of Science, Medical Laboratory Science


Briefly tell us about yourself (e.g. hometown, family, hobbies, favorite BYU courses, intended profession)

I was born and raised in South Carolina. I moved to Utah in the summer of 2017 to begin my career here at the Y. I was originally a microbiology major but after attending a MMBIO alumni panel, I changed my major to MLS. Some of my favorite program courses were Human Anatomy (PDBIO 220) and Clinical Microbiology for MLS Majors (MMBIO 407). I completed my MLS internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake. Since my graduating in December 2020, I have been working full-time as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT in hematology and urinalysis.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

My husband, Alec, both of my parents, and all of the MLS program faculty.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

Take your time. Enjoy every moment of your schooling and don’t wish it by too fast. It’ll be gone before you know it. Also, don’t overload yourself with too many credits. I made that mistake and had to suffer the consequences. Get involved, make friends, and really have fun.

How has your experience at BYU prepared you for the rest of your life?

It has allowed me to see the wonderful marriage of science and religion. Having my chemistry or hematology professor speak about God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is such a unique opportunity. I am more prepare academically, yes, but my testimony in God and Christ have also been strengthened.