Andrew DiStasio.Hometown: Loveland, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Having worked part time at Cincinnati Children’s while completing my undergraduate degree at UC, remaining here for my graduate studies was a no-brainer. Rather than forcing me to take time away from my coursework, being in the lab seemed to bring science to life. Constantly surrounded by researchers who were passionate about their work, I found myself enthralled by subjects I hadn't even considered before, and amazed at how many important biological questions are still waiting to be answered.

While the road to a completed PhD can be daunting, I am entirely confident that the dynamic, collaborative atmosphere of Children's Hospital will allow me to live up to my full potential. No matter how cutting-edge an experiment is required, the odds are pretty good that an expert can found somewhere in the building. Further, the close ties between basic science and clinical care at Cincinnati Children’s keep researchers from feeling disconnected.

Working in the Stottmann lab, I am focused on characterizing the effects of novel mutations identified in forward genetic experiments and using CRISPR genome editing to generate mouse models of genetic defects observed in patients.