Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Nikki Glenn

    Nikki Glenn.Undergraduate Institution: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

    During my junior year in college at Miami University, I had the opportunity to join an undergraduate research program and participate first-hand in a research lab at Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. It was then that I developed an enthusiasm for basic research and was exposed to the great faculty and diverse areas of study at Children’s. I ultimately chose the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Children’s because of its strong reputation for great research, their link to the clinical side with the hospital on the same campus and the large number of faculty mentors.

    While at Cincinnati Children’s, I have learned a tremendous amount as a student and grown from my interactions with other students and faculty in the MDB program. As a senior graduate student, I have interacted with many other students, from other senior students to first years in the program, all of who give the program depth and diversity. The faculty in this program are tremendously supportive, all of which have valuable advice and guidance to offer. The city of Cincinnati has a small-town feel, with unique aspects to accommodate a variety of interests.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this graduate program, among other similar programs it stands out with its connection to clinical medicine, emphasizing the importance of the basic scientist. The areas of research are expansive enough to satisfy almost any scientific interest, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and supportive.  My graduate experience has been nothing short of excellent, and I owe much of that to the MDB program and all of the experiences it has given me so far.


    Glenn N.O., McKane M., Kohli V., Wen K.K., Rubenstein P.A., Bartman T. and Sumanas S. The W-loop of alpha-cardiac actin is critical for heart function and endocardial cushion morphogenesis in zebrafish. Mol Cell Biol. 2012, 32 (17): 3527. 2012.

    Adam M, Murali B, Glenn NO, Potter SS. Epigenetic inheritance based evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. BMC Evol Biol. 8:52. 2008.