Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Monique Morrison

    Monique Morrison.Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

    Looking back to when I first applied to graduate school, the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at the University of Cincinnati stood out as the obvious choice for me to pursue my graduate studies. I was drawn to the program first by its impressive faculty members, the diversity of research laboratories and the collaborative and yet competitive environment in which science was being conducted.

    Now, I am proud to be a student in the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program. Our program is ranked as one of the top programs at the University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ranks as one of the top ten Children’s Hospital in the U.S. Being a graduate student here has its benefits, there are many opportunities to present my research both local and regional, and students are fully funded with no teaching requirements unless you want to, health insurance coverage, and yes, a competitive stipend!

    I’ve also found Cincinnati an enjoyable city to live in. As a Jamaican, I’m impressed with the availability of Jamaican entertainment and food that is available as well as activities and entertainment from other cultures. One can also appreciate the beauty of all four seasons that Cincinnati offers.

    As I conclude my studies in the Molecular and Developmental Program, one of my fondest memories will be of the scientists I have met. I’ve had the opportunity to not only work with some of the best scientists in their fields, but have also met a host of other invited speakers including Howard Hughes Medical Investigators and Nobel Prize laureates!


    Kavanaugh GM, Wise-Draper TM, Morreale RJ, Morrison MA, Gole B, Schwemberger S, Tichy ED, Lu L, Babcock GF, Wells JM, Drissi R, Bissler JJ, Stambrook PJ, Andreassen PR, Wiesmuller L, Wells SI. The human DEK oncogene regulates DNA damage response signaling and repair. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011.