Graduate School News

Meet Your Student Leaders: Nirzari Gupta, president of GSG

1. Nirzari Alokkumar PresidentThe Graduate School has launched another new series called "Meet Your Student Leaders." This series will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to get to know the students who run the various graduate student organizations. This week's featured student leader is Nirzari Gupta, president of the Graduate Student Government.
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Discoveries: The sweet science behind mending muscle

IMG 0174Rylie Hightower, a third-year graduate student in the Graduate Biomedial Sciences neuroscience program, studies proteins and other factors that contribute to the progression of muscular dystrophy. 

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Link to Leadership: Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

GRAD logo without taglineEmbarking on the graduate school journey can be a challenging experience, but it helps if you understand the major players involved in that experience. This new series, "Link to Leadership," features Q&As with UAB's Graduate School leaders and an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to get to know these leaders on a deeper level.
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Joel Anderson, a native of Anderson, SC, began pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at UAB since August, 2006. His research focuses on tissue engineering, creating bone tissue from adult stem cells.
 
After graduating from Clemson University with a BS in biosystems engineering, Joel chose UAB to continue his academic career because of  “the well-established research and medical facilities available, and the opportunity to diversify my education by studying at a different institution.” Joel has been awarded an NIH training grant to be used for his master’s and doctoral studies.
 
Joel believes that UAB has allowed him to mature in many aspects. “My most rewarding experience at UAB has been the realization of how far I have grown as a student, researcher, and adult over my challenging but rewarding graduate studies.” Outside of UAB, Joel credits his family for being a major influence. “My family has always been there to provide support and advice throughout, always helping to find what is best for me.”
 
Being motivated to put forth the best possible effort in order to make a meaningful contribution back to society has served Joel well. His advice to other graduate students is as follows: “Put yourself in situations that are right for you at that time, and with hard work, you will find success. Best of luck to all pursuing graduate studies!”
 
Joel’s future plans include pursuing a PhD and finding a tissue engineering job in industry.
 
To view a video of Joel and other BME students talking about their research, visit this link, http://www.uab.edu/graduate/student-recruitment-videos/210-bme-student-videos.