Student Perspectives

Below are some current students and their thoughts on the Molecular & Cell Biology graduate program.

Class of 2013
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Because I’m originally from California, I thought graduate school would be a great opportunity to move elsewhere. But, after interviewing at schools across the country, I realized that Berkeley was the best option for me in terms of my research interests and the graduate student environment.

Rachel Kjolby
Class of 2012
Genetics, Genomics, and Development

Berkeley had always been my dream school - a place where some of the brightest scientists have the freedom to pursue the research topics that most interested them. While it seemed obvious to attend my dream school for my graduate studies, what might not have been obvious was the support I would receive from the diverse faculty and students here.

Class of 2012
Neurobiology

Coming into graduate school straight from college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study, but I knew that I wanted to have the best graduate school education and experience possible. Berkeley, and specifically the MCB program, was perfect for that.

Shion An
Class of 2012
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Finding a graduate program that matched my interests and personality was very important to me. I wanted a place with exceptional research and resources, and most importantly, where I would be stimulated and nurtured as a trainee. The interview process showed me that the MCB program at UC Berkeley was the place for me.

Class of 2012
Cell and Developmental Biology

I think if I had to choose one thing I appreciate most about the MCB community, it would be that people here really want to share in doing science.

Class of 2011
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

When I was applying to graduate schools, I was looking for a top-notch research environment. The Berkeley MCB program stood out to me because of the quality of the research, and also because it is a true umbrella program.

Class of 2011
Neurobiology

I was unsure what area of biology I wanted to pursue for my thesis research, and the MCB program appealed to me because of my interests in multiple fields of study. I had an interest in neuroscience and computational biology, and at Berkeley, I felt that I was able to fully explore these interests and make a decision on which I enjoyed the most.

Jeannette Tenthorey
Class of 2011
Immunology and Pathogenesis

Choosing a graduate program can feel daunting, but my decision to pursue a Ph.D. at Berkeley turned out to be a no-brainer. Like many top-tier programs, the science here is phenomenal, the faculty are incredibly creative and very involved in mentoring, and there are abundant resources to learn the methods and skills you’ll need to succeed. What sets Berkeley apart from other programs is the vibrant sense of community.

Priscilla Erickson
Class of 2010
Genetics, Genomics, and Development

While visiting graduate programs, I was especially impressed by the dynamic students I met here at Berkeley. They all seemed to work on fascinating research, lead active lives outside of lab, and truly love being graduate students at Cal…. Berkeley really has it all: world-class science, engaging classmates and faculty, stunning natural surroundings, and a vibrant social scene.

David Arroyo
Class of 2010
Neurobiology

Here, experiencing new things is accepted and encouraged….Being in Berkeley has helped me progress as a scientist like never before and grow as a person in the same way.

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