Graduate Program of Study: Biomedical Sciences-Cellular and Molecular Biology
"Unraveling the mechanisms underlying human disease and helping people (to) discover the wonders of science" are passions that were rooted early with Edward and have continued to grow through the years. It was during high school when Edward first realized he wanted to become a scientist. Attaining a PhD in Biomedical Sciences-Cellular and Molecular Biology at Kent State University gave him the ability to achieve his dreams. Edward learned of Kent State's collaborative Doctoral Program with the Learner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic through a colleague, and decided to apply. The rest, as they say, is history!
Edward plans to pursue a career studying cardiovascular disease. "I hope to be able to gain a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, so that I can work to develop innovative therapies for the prevention and treatment of this disease process," Edward said. He also has aspirations of working in higher education -- teaching and mentoring students.
Edward feels Kent State prepared him well for his current position at Dr. Melina Kibbe Lab. He describes his graduate experience as "very comprehensive." As a student, Edward successfully balanced his studies and research with campus and student leadership. Specifically, while at Kent State, Edward was involved with Graduate Student Senate (GSS), search committees, university administration, and he also helped to organize several campus events. Edward also received grants for research, was published several times in peer-reviewed journals, secured a patent, and won awards -- both from Kent State and the American Heart Association. One of the favorite aspects of his graduate school experience was his involvement with GSS, which sparked his interest in working in higher education while being exposed to the administrative side of the university.
Edward credits his two mentors at Kent State, Drs. Nicola Brasch and June Yun, for their guidance and support â€“ which he points out didn't end once he completed his PhD. "They played a very important role in my academic and professional success, and I still keep in touch with them as they continue to provide scientific and professional development advice."
Edward is a strong proponent for balancing studies with your hobbies. Some of Edward's hobbies include dancing the tango, reading science fiction books, going to the movies, going to the orchestra, and learning languages. He wishes to provide the following advice for new Kent State graduate students: "It's not just about the destination, but about the journey. Graduation feels amazing, but the way you live the graduate school experience is just as important as finishing. Work hard but enjoy what you are doing. Make friends -- they won't just make you a happier person, but they are future collaborators in your field and in your possible interdisciplinary endeavors. Get involved in things outside your field; it will help keep your sanity. Finally, always keep your goal in mind and don't let any bump on the road discourage you from what you really want."