The University of Chicago’s world-class genetics research attracted me as an applicant, and while attending interview weekend I recognized important strengths that uphold this reputation. The students, faculty, and staff comprise a welcoming community that fosters collaborations, friendships, and the exciting pursuit of innovative research. As I advance through my first year, I am grateful to be in an environment where students are challenged to grow as scientists, while simultaneously being so well-supported. UChicago graduate training uniquely integrates quantitative methods (R programming and statistics) with domain-specific coursework, and I know this foundation will serve me well throughout my career. UChicago already feels like home, and I’m looking forward to what the next few years have in store.
The COVID-19 virus is made out of RNA. Decoding how it actually functions is key to slowing or stopping the virus's path around the world.
Micrograph of laboratory-grown heart muscle cells. Fluorescent labeling shows mitochondria (red), cytoskeleton (green), and nuclei (blue).
Adult rhesus macaque monkeys' previous status in their community's social hierarchy has a lingering effect on how their genes behave.
Software identified the METTL3 gene (left) as a potential "driver gene" for bladder cancer. The closeups below show areas with genetic mutations.