Shu Ying Kwan-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, November 21, 2008

Shu Ying Kwan

2011 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Alumna

“Carnegie Mellon takes good care of their graduate students.”

When I visited Pittsburgh for the first time to attend a recruiting visit at the Department of Biological Sciences, I recall thinking that this place is alive. It is a bustling and vibrant city with lots of students.

The visit played a large role in my decision to enroll in the Ph.D. in Biological Sciences program. The department was warm and inviting. My student host, Parul Nisha, was friendly and sincere. The professors were eager to share their work during my interviews and I found myself enjoying their in-depth explanations of their research. I also realized that the professors were truly involved with the graduate students.

One of the professors who have been particularly influential during my time at Carnegie Mellon is Dr. Javier López. Dr. López is not only knowledgeable but also approachable. Through his mentoring, he has shown genuine interest in my development as a scientist.

Working on aspects of tissue engineering in Dr. Phil Campbell’s laboratory has also made a tremendous impact upon me. We research biodegradable scaffolding, which encourages growth and remodeling of critically sized defects. The problems we must resolve with this research include finding suitable scaffolding material and determining the growth factors to encourage the remodeling process. More specifically, I monitor the scaffold, growth factors and host tissue to ensure they are all responding favorably. My monitoring process is completed noninvasively in vivo.

In addition to research, the classes I take are a great experience. The information is easily retained, because I can apply it to my everyday work. The coursework helps to develop critical problem-solving skills.

I feel that the mentoring and training I have received will prepare me for the next phase of my career.

B.S. in Biology, Duke University
B.A. in Computer Science, Duke University