Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Jillian Hufgard

    Jillian HufgardUndergraduate Institution: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana

    During my undergraduate career at a small engineering school I was blessed to be part of a program with very attentive professors that were more interested in teaching their students and helping develop their research ideas than their own agendas. With the top notch curriculum and the guidance of my mentor I was able to complete a senior thesis project which gave me a feel of what doing research long term would be like. I was hooked.

    I became intrigued by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the graduate programs through UC after speaking with a recruiter on more than one occasion at Rose-Hulman career fairs. Her enthusiasm for the hospital and the subsequent programs was contagious. During the interview process I realized why she was so highly recommending this program to me, it was one big giant family and my favorite qualities about Rose-Hulman were also clearly evident.

    I was drawn to this program in particular because of the umbrella quality. I have known for a long time that I want to do research and I love the idea of doing medically related and translation research but I was clueless about any further direction. This program has given me the opportunity to learn about each model system and encouraged me to rotate through multiple labs of a diverse nature to begin understanding where my strengths and motivations lie. My favorite part of this program is the collaboration seen between professors, which ultimately makes everyone’s research more impactful.