I chose the Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD program at ECU because I was attracted to the unique opportunity to learn anatomy and perform high quality research. Learning, and then teaching, Gross Anatomy was a great experience and will help me stand out in the saturated job market. Most importantly, the faculty have a passion for performing research and encouraged me to think independently. There are many PhD programs that have great research programs, but when I interviewed at ECU I could tell immediately that the faculty deeply cared about my professional development. My experience in this program was key in me landing, and succeeding in, a competitive postdoctoral position.
Dr. Jonathan Busada entered the ACB graduate program in fall 2011. He received his PhD in fall 2015 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Signal Transduction Laboratory, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park, NC.
I love our program! The Anatomy and Cell Biology program at ECU provides courses that are almost the same as the first two years of medical student courses. Second year graduate students who have taken Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroscience have the opportunities to teach these courses as a teaching assistant. Tutoring opportunities are also available in different courses. In terms of the research opportunities, there is a long list of research areas, including signal transduction; stem cells; cellular senescence and determinants of radiosensitivity in cancer; rearrangements of the cytoskeleton that occur during spermatogenesis; role of different signals in spermatogenesis, hyaluronan-CD44 interactions and other signaling pathways. Students in our program have the chance to explore any of them. I am interested in teaching anatomy and also studying basic molecular research. The Anatomy and Cell Biology program at ECU is the perfect match for my future career goal! All the professors, staff, and upper year graduate students in our program are very kind and helpful. I believe the ACB program will help me being confident in the future academic field.
Ms. Tiaosi Xing entered the ACB graduate program in fall 2014. She has a M.S. in Anatomy from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
I remember my first two weeks in the program. I was nervous and unsure of how I would perform in my classes. My schedule consisted of Gross Anatomy and Embryology as well as Molecular Cell Biology. At first I will admit the classes were challenging, especially Gross Anatomy and Embryology. I struggled on the first exams. However, the faculty and my fellow students were encouraging and I persevered. I learned lessons in not only science, but also of myself. After I adjusted to the new rigor of the program, I did well in my classes. I will be honest and say that I learned more and at a faster rate than I have ever before in my life. It was a fantastic experience and one I had to rise up and meet. I will also like to give further emphasis on the support I received from this program. I was not only led to feel welcome, but I found that I was under the tutelage of a highly capable team of experts. They were experts who had also been students and understood the challenges I was facing. Their empathy combined with the camaraderie I shared with the fellow graduate students made for an unforgettable opportunity to learn my greatest passion – Science. I could not have picked a better program.
Mr. Alan-Michael Bresch entered the ACB graduate program in fall 2015. He has a B.S. in Biology from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC.