Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Arya Zandvakili

    Arya ZandvakiliUndergraduate Institution: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

    My research is focused on transcriptional regulation, in particular I’m interested in understanding how genetic enhancers function normally to regulate transcription as well as how the function of enhancers can be perturbed in disease states.

    I grew up near Toronto, Canada. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree at University of Western Ontario, I joined the Medical-Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) at University of Cincinnati and I am conducting my PhD studies though the Molecular and Developmental Biology program.

    Some of my favorite things about the MDB program are that there is a wide-variety of research areas and faculty who provide amazing mentorship. Everybody involved with the program (students, faculty, and administrators) have been very welcoming. Also, the MDB program is associated with Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, which is one of the nation’s top medical research centers and it provides a huge amount of resources, technology, and support for researchers. I should also mention the stipend allows living in Cincinnati to be quite comfortable.

    I am very happy with the MDB program and I highly recommend it.