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I sometimes wonder if a butterfly ever misses being a caterpillar. It seems ridiculous—why would a butterfly, with its beauty and power of flight, miss its humbler, earthbound stage? And yet, until the moment that it first spread its delicate wings, this fluttering creature had only ever known life as a caterpillar. To achieve its Read more

Liane Hunter M.D., Ph.D.

Identifying a mentor is one of the most important decisions a person can make on the path to becoming an M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. As beginning students entering the lab, we have many questions: What is the scientific focus of my prospective mentor? Does the mentor’s work align with my previous experience? Does he or Read more

What if someone found out that I wasn’t the scientist I claimed to be? This was one of the thoughts that often flooded my mind. As a Nigerian American physician-scientist in Einstein’s M.D./Ph.D. program, I took pride in what I accomplished. I was brought up to understand that many people would happily trade places with Read more

Young woman walking a winding path

I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do when I graduated from Binghamton University. But having majored in cellular and molecular biology, I knew I was interested in pursuing something within the biomedical field. I eagerly applied for positions in various institutions and organizations, ranging from healthcare policy and public health to biomedical research Read more