Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Angie Damen

    Angie Damen.Undergraduate Institution:  Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Returning to graduate school is an ambition toward which I have been striving for many years. I had worked as a researcher early in my career, but left to become a high school teacher. During my summer breaks from teaching, I participated in various research workshops, including two summers engaged in full-time research through an NSF RET (Research Experience for Teachers) grant. It became clear to me that I wanted to further my research training in order to pursue a career as a college professor- teaching and training the next generation of scientists.

    The Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children’s offers the best of both worlds to me- a nationally recognized medical research program in association with the academic resources and faculty of the University of Cincinnati. Every day I am stretched and challenged while at the same time feeling I have the support I need to be successful. And while research training is the main focus, options are available to help me gain experience in teaching and prepare for a future faculty position as well.

    There is an atmosphere of collaboration, community, and excellence at Children’s Hospital of which I am proud to be a part. It is an amazing professional opportunity for me, but I also know that I am engaged in meaningful work that has an impact on the health of children. There is no place I would rather be!


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