Alumni Reflections 

We asked our recent graduates to reflect on their time in our department.

Alumni add your reflections

Paul Jasper, Ph.D

"I can say that the faculty in this department have the strong commitment to graduate student education, both at the intellectual level and the practical level doing bench work ... While I was a student, I thought that the amount of attention that I received from my mentor was normal for graduate school. It was only after I left Loyola and spent time at other institutions, that I realized how special this department was, and how better trained the students were from this department than many other departments...  In addition to the personalized attention, the atmosphere of the department is collaborative and supportive, which makes doing science at Loyola a pleasure. 

Initial position after graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT

 Paul Jasper, Ph.D

" ... What I value the most from my experiences in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is how much I was pushed to think analytically as a scientist - to critically evaluate others' data, to make my own interpretations of others' data, to effectively communicate scientific data, and to question dogma. I owe this to the superior department that Dr. Knight has built and the high standards that she, and all the faculty members held us to...."

Initial position after graduation: Assistant Professor, 
Barat College of DePaul, Chicago, IL

Heather Minges-Wols, Ph.D.

 Heather Minges-Wols, Ph.D.

Annette Matthies, Ph.D

"....Dr. Knight, it was your unique way of motivating a collaborative mind-set that has been the key to my success since graduation ... .your method for developing analytical skills emphasized team-based problem solving and a polished presentation style, and it provided me with valuable tools for my professional career. I truly believe that I would not have the career opportunities available to me today if I had attended any other program... " 

Initial position after graduation: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland where she led a multi-center, cross cultural research consortium

Annette Matthies, Ph.D.

The education I received in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology has given me confidence as an independent scientist. I attribute this confidence to the training I underwent to "think" as a scientist - logically and critically. At the same time, I was encouraged to keep an open mind, and as one professor put it, "Think out-of-the-box." 

Initial position after graduation:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

KiJong Rhee, Ph.D.

 KiJong Rhee, Ph.D.

"...The environment was very conducive to forming one-on-one relationships with various faculty members, and the inter-connected labs encouraged both scientific and social exchanges...  Academically, I found the department courses to be challenging and up-to-date with current discoveries. Numerous courses reinforced the critical reading skills needed to analyze scientific publications and properly design and analyze one's own experiments. Also, very importantly, I recall many opportunities and a great emphasis on improving presentation skills (it's hard to forget being video-taped and analyzing it with your peers)..."

Initial position after graduation: Research Scientist, Medical College of Wisconsin

 Jennifer Schiller, Ph.D.

"...Faculty members create an open learning environment by engaging students in scientific discussions and peer-based presentations. Furthermore, they set high standards in course work and journal clubs to build the essential foundation for success in research. They also realize that future achievements heavily depend on the ability to communicate effectively, so they provide additional learning opportunities such as weekly meetings and first year journal club. Finally, and perhaps most important, is that the faculty members make a personal investment in the student's development as a future scientist by having an open-door policy that facilitates a friendly and supportive learning environment. Combined, these features of the department make the graduate school experience both challenging and fulfilling."

Initial position after graduation:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health Sciences University

Kathy Cho, Ph.D.

 Kathy Cho, Ph.D.

Michelle Swanson-Mungerson, Ph.D

"The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at LUMC challenged me in all aspects of my scientific development. The classes taught me not only fundamental principles of immunology and microbiology, but also how to critically evaluate data. The departmental presentations enhanced my ability to present data in an environment that promoted discussion and the exchange of ideas. My training in the Micro/Immuno department prepared me for a career in any scientific direction."

Initial position after graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

Michelle Swanson-Mungerson, Ph.D.

"... When I think back to my time at Loyola, I believe that it is the healthy mixture between the diversity in the department and the specific scientific training in the laboratory that made me a complete scientist.

Initial position after graduation:  FH-Professor Bio- und Umwelttechnik, H Oberõsterreich/Wels, Stelzhamerstraße 23, A-4600 Wels, Germany

Manuel Selg, Ph.D.

Manuel Selg, Ph.D.


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