Inspired by His Brother’s Medical Journey and His Own Injury, Gurjoban “Gore” Hayer Turns Pain into Purpose and a Passion to Help Others
February 08, 2024

From an early age, Gurjoban Hayer always had an interest in medicine. He found it natural to care for others. Hayer followed his instinct and enrolled at Stanislaus State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences on the way to a career in the pharmaceutical industry.  

His passion for medicine and helping others has propelled him to new heights since he graduated in 2019. 

“I became interested in medicine at 15 years old, after my brother was paralyzed at birth,” Hayer said. “A moment like that projected me toward an interest in medicine.” 

Between witnessing how the medical staff cared for his brother and Hayer’s own experience in the hospital after fracturing his skull in 2018, he was determined that medicine would be his future career.  

“That experience was pivotal in revealing to me the potential and control the profession can have over medication,” Hayer said. “I actively engaged with doctors and consulted pharmacists to adjust therapies, leading to changes in my prescriptions and well-being.” 

Hayer’s newfound passion led him to take on multiple internships at Stanford University and John Muir Medical Center, which gave him hands-on experience in drug manufacturing, broadening his experience as a pharmacist. 

“Stay curious, seek out mentors and never underestimate yourself. Dedication and determination will take you far.” 

- Gurjoban Hayer (’19) Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

“Those internships taught me so much about the process that goes into compound medications,” Hayer said.  

In addition to the important skills he learned through his internships, Hayer acknowledges the pivotal role of influential professors from his time at Stanislaus State. He expressed appreciation for faculty like Associate Professor Ritin Bhaduri, whose structured teaching style saved him countless hours, while Professor Terry Jones equipped Hayer with practical resources to tackle real-world challenges.  

He also holds deep appreciation for the late Professor Jim Youngblom, whose intellect left an indelible mark on his education. 

“Dr. Youngblom played a pivotal role during my time at Stan State,” Hayer said. “He shed light on the origins of groundbreaking technologies, giving us historical context while ensuring we understood the processes behind them. I still remember his teachings to this day and often refer to them when I’m working in the field.” 

At Stanislaus State, faculty play a big role in shaping students’ futures, just like they did for Hayer. His advice for aspiring medical professionals? 

“Stay curious, seek out mentors and never underestimate yourself,” Hayer said. “In the pharmaceutical industry, dedication and determination will take you far.”