Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program (SBB-TP)

What Our Students Say:

Sahil Gulati

Neetu Gulati

HOMETOWN:

Metro-Detroit, Michigan

STAGE IN SBB-TP PROGRAM:

I entered SBB-TP in the summer of 2012, and am now a second year student in the department of Pharmacology.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE SBB-TP PROGRAM?

A former mentor of mine suggested I look into applying to Case Western, and I found a school that has great research as well as a close-knit scientific community. I chose the SBB-TP program because everyone was interested in helping me succeed and reach my goals, while challenging me academically.

WHAT IS COOL ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH?

I work in Dr. Phoebe Stewart’s lab in the department of Pharmacology. Our lab focuses on the technique of cryo-electron microscopy. I really love my work, because it’s amazing to me that we can image microscopic proteins and use the knowledge of the structure of those proteins to help understand biological processes. There’s a great structural biology facility here, which is critical to my work.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE FACULTY?

One of my first impressions during my interview at Case Western was how friendly the professors are. I remember nervously walking through a hallway toward an interview, and seeing professors smiling at me and asking me how the process was going, and reassuring me. Those connections with professors are even stronger, now. I really feel like I can go to faculty members with anything and be met with encouragement and support.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT CLEVELAND?

Cleveland is a great place to live, because there are so many unexpected opportunities here. There are amazing restaurants, great parks (the Holden Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go), cultural festivals, etc.

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT CASE?

Besides my research, I also am involved in the Graduate Student Senate at Case Western. It’s a lot of fun, and I love the fact that I can be a part of an organization that supports all graduate students at the University. It has been a great way for me to meet other students and to plan events that benefit my peers.