George Annor is a first-year graduate student in the Biochemistry PhD program who is currently enrolled in advanced courses at the graduate center and doing lab rotations.
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What made you decide to do your Ph.D. in USA?
Having completed my undergraduate studies in Ghana, I was privileged to do my master’s studies at Goteborg University in Sweden in Molecular Biology. Upon completion, I felt like I needed to explore the educational and research system in a different country. The USA was the first on my list because of the pre-eminent reputation of American universities as pioneering institutions for cutting edge medical research.
Why did you choose the GC Doctoral Program in Biochemistryr?
I have always been fascinated by the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer growth and progression. During my search for places to apply for my PhD in the USA, I found two professors in Hunter college whose research initiatives closely aligned with my own interests.
What do you think of the program so far?.
It is everything I dreamt it would be. The strict academic structure of my undergraduate education in Ghana was contrasted by the more relaxed curriculum of my graduate studies in Sweden. Here, I feel so far that there is a necessary balance of both approaches. I am privileged to go to exciting laboratory rotations three days a week and to attend classes the other two. In this way, I am able to apply the concepts I learn within the classroom directly to situations in the lab thus strengthening my analytical skills as a researcher.
What has been your favorite course so far?
All the courses are challenging and very much interest me. My absolute favorite course is Bioorganic Chemistry because of the dynamic approach taken by the professor and the medicinal aspects of the topics.
What do you want to do after you get your Ph.D?
I would like to secure a post-doctoral position after getting my Ph.D. I am open to working in the industry or academia.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to explore different places and atmospheres in the city. I am fascinated by the extensive culture captured by various museums in NYC and spend my free time trying to take it all in.
What surprised you most about being a CUNY doctoral student in Biochemistry?
I was surprised by the rich diversity of the CUNY student body at The Graduate Center. It is a true reflection of NYC as a melting pot for people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.