The Questions 


Where are you from and where did you get you undergraduate degree?
 

 
I'm from California, and I got my bachelor's at the University of San Diego, and then I got my master's from Tulane University in New Orleans
     -Michelle Merrigan

I am from Palatine IL, and I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
     -Greg Robbins

I'm from Lynchburg, Virginia and I have a B.A. in biology from Virginia Tech.
     -Guy Townsend


Did you have previous research experience before you joined the Ph.D. program, and if so, what?
 

 


While at North Central College I did research in Organic Chemistry and Microbiology. Upon graduation, I started working as a research assistant in Dr. Alan Wolfe's laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center's Microbiology and Immunology Department. 
     -Ana Shulla


The summer after my junior year in college I did research at Stanford University in the Department of Infectious Diseases studying measles.
     -Katy Gunn Dye

I worked at Illinois Wesleyan in the lab of Dr. David Bollivar, who studies Chlorophyll production in Rhodobacter capsulatus
     -Beth Hussa



Why did you select Loyola's Microbiology & Immunology Ph.D. Program?
 

 
Because of the quality of the research done here, and the investment of the faculty in student development.
     -Michelle Merrigan

Being part of the department for a year prior to joining as a graduate student was a very helpful experience for me. I wanted to be part of a department where the training of students was a very high priority, and this is what I found at Loyola's Micro/Immuno Department. The collaborative and collegial spirit of the department played a major part in my decision. 
     -Ana Shulla

The strong emphasis on public speaking and the quality research that takes place here
     -Guy Townsend


What best prepared you for this program?


Working in Alan Wolfe's lab prepared me more than anything else for this program. Lab experience is superior to undergrad classes. I learned how to design and carry out experiments, troubleshoot, and always have the appropriate controls. Most importantly I learned how to think analytically, and be able to problem solve.
     -Ana Shulla


The failures I endured in my summer of research at Stanford prepared me for what research is really like. I was not at all surprised when things in the lab did not go as smoothly as planned. Also, the research experience helped me to know that I really enjoyed lab work, which, as an unknown, can sometimes be problematic for students entering the program.
     -Katy Gunn Dye

I was best prepared for my graduate career by my experiences both working in the lab and in lab classes at Illinois Wesleyan. I also benefited from the emphasis on primary literature in my upper-level classes there.
     -Beth Hussa
  


What do you think are the advantages of pursuing your Ph.D. in our program?

 
The professors are experts in their own fields
The friendly and noncompetitive atmosphere
The program has a reputation for "producing" good students
The emphasis the program places on public speaking
      -Ana Shulla

The opportunity to develop public speaking skills. The departmental lab meeting shapes experimental questions from multiple opinions, disciplines and perspective. The chance to explore multiple disciplines from a single program before committing to one.
       -Guy Townsend

The fact that the faculty are all interested in the progress of each and every student really facilitates an excellent learning environment.
     -Kari Roettger


What aspect of the Ph.D. experience do you enjoy the most?


The small classes allow time for a lot of personalized attention, which really helped me understand what I was learning instead of memorizing it for a multiple choice test.     -Megan Papineau


Weekly seminar helps me to keep updated outside my field of research.
     -Emily Yip

I really enjoy being in the lab and trying to make new discoveries.
     -Greg Robbins

The benchwork. While I enjoy thinking about a question and designing the best experiment to address the question, my favorite part is to physically do the experiment at the bench.
     -Kari Roettger

  


What are your future career goals?

 
To hold an academic research faculty position.
      -Guy Townsend

I enjoy teaching, and I hope my future career involves that in some capacity.
      -Michelle Merrigan 

I am in the midst of lab rotations, and by the end of this semester I will have made a decision about joining a lab. As far as future interests, I have a long way to go until I get my PhD. After that I would like to get a PostDoc position, and ultimately obtain an academic research position.
     -Ana Shulla

 
 

 


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