Hometown: Wuhan, China
Undergraduate Institution: Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China
“You couldn’t go wrong there”, as my previous advisor said. They were talking about the Molecular and Developmental Biology (MDB) program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
As many PhD program applicants, I was looking for a place that I could find potential PIs that I would like to work with. The MDB program at Cincinnati Children’s was one of the a few that attracted my attention. Now, at Cincinnati Children's, I’m enjoying diving into the cardiovascular field. If you don’t like this particular area, no worries, because the diverse research interests among the 80 plus faculty members in the MDB program could almost guarantee you a lab you would like. Also, this is one of the few places that could extend your opportunity to explore different organ systems, not just general biology like some other programs. Even better, the research profile is highly regarded in terms of various long-term rankings and NIH funding at Children’s, and hence, trainees will benefit from this reputations and funding in the long term.
Perhaps another major concern on the road towards a PhD degree is the trainee-mentor relationship, which definitely could help us to succeed in the future, if this is a strong relationship. Although I’m just doing my 2nd rotation here, I’ve already got a sense that a close trainee-mentor bond is the standard in the MDB program. The professors I have worked with are supportive and good at giving guidance. This nice atmosphere is almost guaranteed and promoted by a low student-PI ratio. I feel like I can completely release my energy and be devoted to the science I love. I’m now in Dr. Katherine Yutzey’s lab, working on the project “The role of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in heart valve development and disease”. My project is funded by NIH (to Dr. Katherine Yutzey) and American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (to Ming Fang).
At Cincinnati Children’s people are sincerely nice. This is a place that real science is done. I’m more than happy to be here, and I encourage you, our potential colleagues, to explore our website for program details. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.