Hi, my name is Aichurok and I from Osh, Kyrgyzstan. I just graduated from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) with Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. As a sophomore, I joined Professor Kathryn McMenimen’s, lab where we studied the structural biology of small heat shock proteins. I also worked at Mayo Clinic, where we used zebrafish as a model organism to study functional spinal cord regeneration.
I want to study science in the context of medicine and I want to be able to do research that can eventually translate into a better understanding of how the nervous system works, how it interacts with other systems, and how it gets influenced by external factors. I am convinced that the strong training environment at Vanderbilt University will complement and help to expand the skills I already have, and will allow me to realize my goals.
I am excited to be a part of IGP/VISP. During the interview weekend at Vanderbilt, I had a lot of opportunities to interact with students and faculty researchers on campus; and was truly inspired by the depth of knowledge that they possess in their area, as well as the continuous creativity and dedication that they put in their work.
In my spare time I like to read. I also love swimming and playing squash with my friends.