Cancer and Developmental Biology—Student Testimonials

Alexander K. Diaz, Baker Laboratory:

Graduate school is a time when the development of scientific inquiry is of the utmost importance. I came to IBS program at UTHSC because the faculty not only understand this but more importantly, they also take a personal stake in it. As a budding researcher, it's easy to feel intimidated when working alongside those who are considered leaders of their respective fields. However, the community here in Memphis at UTHSC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is such that any sort of apprehension quickly dissolves—providing an environment focused on passing on the craft to which we've decided to devote our lives.

Alexander K. Diaz, incoming class of 2011
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Baker Laboratory
Department of Developmental Neurobiology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program


Danielle Peacock, Seagroves Laboratory:

When I came to visit UTHSC the spring before I began, I wasn't sure what to expect. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I had never been to the South. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the campus was very inviting. The faculty I met with during my visit consisted of both young investigators just starting out and tenured faculty with well-established laboratories. All were very easy to talk with and I was able to establish initial relationships, so that when I returned in the fall I already knew whom to contact with inquiries. I was also impressed with the laboratory space in the Cancer Research Building. I liked that all the labs were connected and there was collaboration and camaraderie between the researchers and PIs. I have not regretted my decision to attend UTHSC, am thankful for the opportunities it has given me.


Feng Li, Zhang Laboratory:

I was impressed as soon as I was in the orientation for the cancer track because of the smart and friendly faculty in the program, and their interesting research work. The environment here in cancer research building is pleasant, I feel like I'm welcomed by everyone, even if they are not in the Cancer Track.

Contact Us

Cancer and Developmental Biology

Dr. Tiffany Seagroves
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Cancer Research Building, Room 262
19 S. Manassas Street
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5018

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