I am a 5th year graduate student in the Human Genetics Ph.D. program. For the past 4 years I have been working in Dr. Jeremy Berg’s lab studying the evolution of complex traits. What drew me to the University of Chicago was, first and foremost, the people! From outstanding faculty members spanning a broad range of expertise to the passionate students and trainees, it has been a privilege to learn and grow as a scientist alongside an amazing group of people. Through these connections I have had the opportunity to build skills specific to my area of study as well as broaden my horizons through clubs and workshops on a wide range of topics, including the intersection of genetics and society, pedagogy, and community outreach. Looking forward to the next few years, I am excited to continue learning from those around me and eventually take the skills I’ve learned here to the next steps of my career.
Mengjie Chen, PhD (left), Megan McNerney, MD, PhD (center), Maanasa Raghavan, PhD (right), and Anindita Basu, PhD (not pictured), are working at the leading edge of human genetics research.