Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • David Li-Kroeger

    David Li-Kroeger.Undergraduate institution: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

    I had the luxury of extensive experience to guide my choice of the University of Cincinnati’s Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Not only have I worked and studied in several labs at different programs, I have had the honor of working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation in the Division of Developmental Biology prior to choosing Cincinnati Children’s for my PhD studies. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital deserves its ranking as a “Hall of Fame Winner for Best Places to Work”. The support for trainees at all levels far exceeds any institution I have visited. From the administration’s commitment to remaining a top research institution to the open-door policy of virtually all professors to any level of researcher, students here have the advantages that prepare them to compete in both academia and industry.

    The quality of research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is evident in their consistent level of NIH funding and the outstanding achievements of its researchers. The resources available are top-notch and the amenities unparalleled. The program supports 100% of its students’ efforts towards research with highly competitive stipends and has the support of both the University of Cincinnati Medical School and a top rated children’s hospital. The close collaboration with clinical and basic research offers unique opportunities for research that makes a difference in the outcomes of children’s lives.  Various endowments allow our seminar program to bring in the leading experts in biomedical research including Nobel Laureates on a regular basis. The coursework is challenging but exciting and the standards set high, while the people here are supportive and engaging, offering the personal support not seen in many less collaborative environments. From Friday socials to weekly journal clubs, students interact both professionally and personally with researchers from all levels, creating an environment that gives a small-school feel to a program with the support of a big university and leading pediatric hospital that is uniquely qualified to prepare students for the tough, competitive future we face in both science and industry.

    The University of Cincinnati’s Molecular Developmental Biology Graduate Program at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the best place for an exciting and productive graduate career.


    Charlton-Perkins M, Whitaker SL, Fei Y, Xie B, Li-Kroeger D, Gebelein B, Cook T. Prospero and Pax2 combinatorially control neural cell fate decisions by modulating Ras- and Notch-dependent signaling. Neural Dev. 2011;6:20. PMCID: 3123624.

    Witt LM, Gutzwiller LM, Gresser AL, Li-Kroeger D, Cook TA, Gebelein B. Atonal, Senseless, and Abdominal-A regulate rhomboid enhancer activity in abdominal sensory organ precursors. Dev Biol. 2010;344(2):1060-70. PMCID: 2914175.

    Li-Kroeger D, Witt LM, Grimes HL, Cook TA, Gebelein B. Hox and senseless antagonism functions as a molecular switch to regulate EGF secretion in the Drosophila PNS. Dev Cell. 2008;15(2):298-308. PMCID: 2610489.