Arya Zandvakili.Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Undergraduate Institution: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

I am a PhD student in the Gebelein Lab where I utilize Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) to study how the organization of transcription factors on DNA relate to their function in regulating transcription. Transcription is a fundamental process of cell biology, therefore understanding how transcription occurs normally and how transcription can be perturbed can shed light on development, evolution, and disease.

I grew up near Toronto, Canada. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree at University of Western Ontario, I joined the Medical-Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) at University of Cincinnati and I am conducting my PhD studies though the Molecular and Developmental Biology program.

Some of my favorite things about the MDB program are that there is diversity of research areas and the many faculty members who provide amazing mentorship. Everybody involved with the program (students, faculty, and administrators) have been very welcoming. Also, the MDB program is housed in Cincinnati Children’s (one of the nation’s top medical centers), which provides a great amount of resources and support for researchers. I highly recommend applying to the MDB program if you’re interested in biomedical research.