Welcome Incoming MCB Student, Janice Galejs

On July 26, 2013 by Grad Forum

janice_thumbnailThe Graduate Forum would like to welcome Janice Galejs to the Dartmouth community as part of our series on incoming graduate students.

Originally from Carlisle, Massachusetts, Galejs recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. Along with working in two labs at RPI, studying specific genes in the model organism, C. elegans, and investigating neuronal repair in isolated fibers, Galejs was also a member of the RPI track team, competing as a long sprinter and 400m hurdler.

Just a few short months after graduating, Galejs is about to embark on the road to a PhD in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program here at Dartmouth. When considering her research interests, Galejs suggests that she is “leaning towards a neuroscience cell biology focus,” and added “there [are] a couple of labs [I am] excited about.” Luckily for her, MCB has a number of possibilities for her to consider for first year lab rotations.

When asked why she chose to go to graduate school, Galejs said, “I knew after I started [college] that if I was going to continue a career in cell biology, I needed more specialized skills, ones that could really only be acquired through a graduate education.” As far as her choice of Dartmouth, Galejs said that Dartmouth “[stood] out among others [because of] the dispositions of the faculty and students. I immediately got the feeling that students and researchers alike were happy and enjoying their work. The PI of the lab I had been working with at RPI told me that I would know when I found the right program. I definitely got that gut feeling at Dartmouth.”

by Jeanine Amacher

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