Viola Nawrocka

Graduate Student in the laboratory of Engin Ozkan

I started my adventure with UChicago as a visiting master's student from Poland. The BMB Department quickly became my home away from home. The extraordinary mentorship I received, the scientific drive of the researchers here, and the collegial atmosphere of the Department were key in my decision to apply to the BMB doctoral program. One of the very best aspects of our program is the opportunity to explore the research outside of our Department during the first-year lab rotations. This allowed me to establish collaborations critical for my thesis project and significantly broadened the set of skills that I will leave with. Collaborations within the Department are a vital part of the research here as well. The broad interests and knowledge base of our researchers and the many resources available at UChicago allow us to tackle a wide range of scientific questions. Importantly, you can find support and encouragement here among our faculty, students, postdocs, and admins, which creates a culture where people succeed through empowering each other.