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From the Student's Perspective...

Kendra Bussey

I joined the PhD program in Microbiology and Immunology in June 2006, after my first year in a separate Photo of Kendra BusseyGEBS program. I chose the University of Rochester because I had spent several summers in college working in a laboratory here (my family moved to the area while I was in high school), and I really enjoyed the academic environment and the research facilities available. I also wanted to attend graduate school somewhere affordable. My interest in emerging diseases and the available laboratories made joining the MBI program an easy decision. The graduate program here was excellent; the most memorable aspects for me are the collaborative environment and the open-door policy of my advisor and thesis committee. The faculty here is outstanding and readily available for research discussions. Now that I have finished my degree, I plan to pursue an academic career, beginning with a postdoc.

Donna Davidson

Viruses have always fascinated me and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in which I would be able to learn more Photo of Donna Davidsonabout them. I participated in the GEBS Summer Scholars program at the University of Rochester while I was an undergrad and I knew this was the place for me. I was so excited to join the Microbiology and Immunology program, and I am glad that I did. The research environment here is incredibly fulfilling; while it is challenging and rigorous, it is just as fun and exciting and the faculty and students are supportive, friendly, and welcoming. Looking back on it I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. (Time flies when you’re having fun.)

Anthony Gaca

I entered the Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology PhD program in the fall of 2008. During my time as an undergraduate, Photo of Anthony Gacamy research experience examining soil microbial communities solidified my interest in microbiology. Despite my research experience in microbial ecology, I wished to pursue a career in medical microbiology. What set the University of Rochester apart from the other schools at which I interviewed was the welcoming attitude of the faculty and students along with diverse research opportunities to study bacterial pathogenesis. My experience so far in the graduate program has been exceptional. The faculty in the IMV program is genuinely vested in the success of its students and is always available to provide support. I particularly enjoy the close working relationship among labs within a research track. Access to advice or expertise in new techniques is never more than a few labs away. I have no doubt that the scientific training and course work I am completing in IMV PhD program will provide me with the necessary skills to secure a competitive postdoctoral position and pursue a career in research.