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Undergraduate institution: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
With a degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, I had the great opportunity to gain research experience in an acoustics lab during my undergraduate career. I was involved in multiple projects, one of which used ultrasound to successfully image and ablate cancerous liver tumors in rabbits using a single transducer. The amazing experience inspired me to pursue a career in biomedical research and apply to graduate school.
The moment I walked into the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital research building I felt welcomed and at ease. The friendly and collaborative atmosphere was so tangible; I could immediately feel the warm interactions between students and faculty members. The Molecular and Developmental Biology program boasts principle investigators who are leaders in so many different areas of biomedical research and who strive for excellence in their work. The faculty members I have interacted with are all passionate about making new discoveries and contributing to the expansion of scientific knowledge. During my first lab rotation, I already felt challenged to think of innovative ways to design experiments to test interesting hypotheses.
The program has so many things to offer to help graduate students find an appropriate lab to join: multiple rotations in different labs, faculty lunches to learn more about various areas of research and many socials to get to know students. I believe that working in an environment where you feel comfortable and challenged is crucial to being successful. Therefore, I did not hesitate to join the Molecular and Developmental Biology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Mast TD, Barthe PG, Makin IR, Slayton, MH, Karunakaran, CP, Burgess, MT, Alqadah, A, and Rudich SM. Treatment of rabbit liver cancer in vivo using miniaturized image-ablate ultrasound arrays. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology 37, 1609-1621. 2011.
Chiu, H, Alqadah, A, Chuang, C-F, and Chang, C. C. elegans as a genetic model to identify novel cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system regeneration. Cell Adhesion & Migration 5, 387-394. 2011.
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