All the professors that I have interacted with are very supportive. They really listen to you."
Gayathri Guru Murthy is from Bengaluru, sometimes known as Bangalore, in India. Gayathri is a graduate student at the University of Rochester pursuing the immunology track in the MS Microbiology Program. She is also considering getting a PhD.
Gayathri’s educational journey
She was working on her undergraduate research thesis when she first attended the University of Rochester in 2018 as an undergraduate student in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department. Gayathri returned to Rochester in 2019 to pursue a Master's in Microbiology and Immunology after earning her Bachelor's Degree in India. Her current research focuses on maternal-fetal medicine, women's health, and the immune system during pregnancy. Her objective as a scientist is to eliminate misinformation by becoming an expert in her field, a skilled communicator, and informing the public about immunology and the human body.
What is the experience like as an international student at the University of Rochester?
As an international student, Gayathri appreciates the supportive, collaborative, and helpful environment on campus. In addition, she always has support from her professors and fellow students, encouraging her to continue her education here.
"All the professors that I have interacted with are very supportive. They really listen to you and help you."
What on-campus organizations is Gayathri a part of?
She participates actively in the University of Rochester's Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). She manages the SACNAS Instagram account, where she posts about the society's dedication to fostering the professional success of Native American and Hispanic scientists. Gayathri is also very passionate about the society's mission and values the unity of the student community.
"SACNAS has helped me find like-minded people and is a safe space for everyone."
What are Gayathri’s favorite things to do in Rochester?
She loves the food in Rochester and the variety of choices she has. The main reason for her enjoyment of cooking is Rochester. She also appreciates local events and parks, especially Highland Park.