Spotlight

Julia Meng
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Ellie Heckscher
The program of cell and molecular biology at the University of Chicago attracted me because of the breadth of core biological topics, engaging faculty, and access to high quality training. I have found that my success in graduate school is attributable to several features of this program. First, the program is part of a greater community consisting of four other programs in the Molecular bioscience cluster. Therefore there is a wide array of topics, often interdisciplinary, that are being studied in laboratories in the program. This allowed me to explore areas I hadn’t been aware of prior to grad school. Second, the program is structured to have all courses completed within the first year. This accelerated timeline gave me the opportunity to start designing and conducting experiments for my thesis by my second year. Lastly, the program emphasizes ongoing support of their students through regular committee meetings. This accountability has not only kept me on track to graduate within 5-6 years but has helped me identify aspects of my training that I want to prioritize.  I am grateful to be a part of the supportive community within the program of cell and molecular biology. 
DJ Speed
Graduate Student in the laboratory of Jean Greenberg
I was initially attracted to UChicago due to the exceptional faculty. In my communications with faculty prior to joining the Cell and Molecular Biology program, it was clear they were invested in my development as a scientist. However, UChicago’s strongest selling point has to be the sense of community shared by its students and faculty. While broadening my development as a scientist, I have also found a place for myself socially within the Molecular Biosciences cluster, which consists of CMB and four other programs. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of these programs, I have formed relationships with and learned from colleagues in many adjacent research fields. I am honored to be affiliated with such a collaborative and supportive community.