Profiles of Current PhD Students

Where you're from: Elizabeth, NJ
Year entered the USF MCOM program: Fall 2015
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology/ Cellular mechanisms of CNS oxygen toxicity during CO2 retention and ketone metabolic therapy
Current Role/Affiliation: Graduate Researcher
Advice for future USF Ph.D. applicants and/or students:
Diversify your knowledge base outside the scope of your dissertation by reading every day, set weekly goals for yourself, and reward yourself on the weekends with good company and drinks.  

Where you're from: Egypt
Year entered the USF MCOM program: Fall 2016
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Molecular Medicine; Concentration, Cancer Stem Cells
Current Role/Affiliation: Research Assistant (Dr. Subhra Mohapatra’s Lab)

Where you're from: Oran, Missouri
Year entered the USF MCOM program: Fall 2016
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Neuroscience
Current Role/Affiliation: Graduate Research Assistant
Advice for future USF Ph.D. applicants and/or students:Work hard, be open to changing your mind, and find something you are passionate about. 

Where you're from: Nigeria
Year entered the USF MCOM program: Fall 2015
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Current Role/Affiliation: Graduate research assistant/ Doctoral Candidate
Advice for future USF Ph.D. applicants and/or students: The psychological problem is your biggest barrier- You will never write a perfect thesis, manuscript or grant. A PI/reviewer somewhere MUST have a red pen on it. It doesn't mean you did not do a good job, it just means "there is always room for more improvement". 

Where you're from: Melbourne, Florida
Year entered the USF MCOM program: Fall 2015
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Targeted activation of tumor suppressor PTEN for cancer therapy
Current Role/Affiliation:: AMSGS President/ Senior graduate student in the Dept. of Pathology and Cell Biology
Advice for future USF Ph.D. applicants and/or students:It is very important you choose a lab that you feel most comfortable in. It will provide the best environment for you to learn and grow as a scientist. 

Where you're from: Tampa, FL
Year entered the USF MCOM program: 2012
USF Ph.D. area of concentration/dissertation topic: Structural Biology
Current Role/Affiliation: Graduate Research Assistant
Advice for future USF Ph.D. applicants and/or students: My recommendation for students is to never give up no matter the results that you may get. Always try to look at a problem from a different perspective and seek advice and guidance from others