Vaibhav Chauhan (2012)
VU Mentor: Jim Patton
I am Vaibhav from India, currently pursuing Bachelors in the field of Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology- Roorkee, India. I am a final year student with interests in drug designing,epigenetics and miRNA and I was fortunate enough to get a chance to work under the expert guidance and really well equipped laboratory of Dr James Patton.
I am working on the role of miRNA in retinal regeneration of zebrafish and I am really liking it. I know the interest does matter a lot to enjoy any research environment but the mentionable thing is the friendly nature of people here in my laboratory, and the experience I will be taking back from this lab will definitely teach me a lot, not just about science but about professional behavior in a work place, laboratory in my case. I am really thankful to Mahesh, Kamya, Zusi and everyone else in my laboratory for creating an environment which is nurturing my personality and feeding my young inquisitive brain in the best possible way which is surely going to open new vistas of research options for me in future.
About the program VISRA, wow!!! That’s the first word which comes to my mind. Seriously, if I start mentioning the reasons why this program is awesome I will have troubles putting an end to the list.
Some of the features of this program that make it unique include trips to all the amazing places in Nashville and really useful Mentoring sessions from Amanda and Dr Kathy Gould, one need to be there to imagine the importance of these sessions, for which all of us are really thankful to them. For all those students who are considering to take GRE for getting enrolled in a PhD program, they have the GRE prep classes as well, you can take GRE during this summer and guess what, VISRA will get everything set for you including the GRE fees, isn’t that great!!!
I really want to mention the hospitality of people here in USA, I was kind of concerned regarding how will I get going in a new country, new culture and new people, but the way I have been treated so far in USA, it doesn’t seem like a new place at all and infact I believe that I have learnt a lot from in general behavior of people here. About Nashville, well I would say it’s a very special place with its unique culture, country music, music concerts and of course the people, making my stay a whole lot exciting here in Vanderbilt University .
I am pretty sure that I will be leaving this place with a bag full of unforgettable memories, research experience, a lot of laboratory techniques and professional behavior which irrespective of what I do in future are going prove really useful in fulfilling my endeavours . I would like to thank everyone associated with VISRA from the bottom of my heart and hope they continue to provide students across the world with this lifetime opportunity of coming to Vanderbilt University.