Melissa Witzberger Krajcovic-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, August 15, 2011

Melissa Witzberger Krajcovic

2011 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Alumna

I’ve always had the support that I’ve needed to reach my goals, no matter how big or small, long-term or short-term they would be.

When I interviewed with the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences program, it just felt right. The department not only had the research that I was interested in, but I also felt that I would really enjoy working with the people.

During my time here, I’ve worked in Dr. Jon Minden’s laboratory, dissecting the temporal requirement of myosin in ventral furrow formation. One of the earlier methods that I developed to see a different perspective of ventral furrow formation was end-on-end imaging. Now, I am completing timed injections of an inhibitor, in order to study myosin control.

As I progressed through my studies, I realized that I wanted to better prepare myself for a teaching career. Most of us aren’t trained for that without some kind of separate program in addition to our research training. I think that is why a group of us decided to team up and create the Sciences Teaching Club. We realized that we would eventually need to teach and probably should be trained to do so. The department and university have been very supportive of the club and my teaching interests. The Vice Provost’s office sponsored me, so I could attend a conference and workshop on “Preparing Future Faculty” at West Virginia University.

I am defending my thesis very soon and I just accepted an adjunct position for the upcoming semester at Grove City College. I will be teaching genetics. The course is very similar to the genetics course that I was a teaching assistant for here at Carnegie Mellon. I’m very excited about the opportunity.