The mentoring environment in the Neuert lab is dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is based on Gregor’s international and interdisciplinary training in engineering (TU-Ilmenau), physics (LMU Munich), and biology (MIT) in labs that are pioneers in single-molecule (Professor Hermann Gaub) and single-cell (Professor Alexander van Oudenaarden) biology. The mentoring environment during my undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training is my foundation to educate future leaders in academia, industry, non-profits, and public service. By earning a PhD degree, you are among the top 2% of the nation’s population and therefore are expected to take on leadership positions. These leadership positions require that you have learned how to be an independent and critical thinker, evaluate new information, and formulate in oral and written form an executable plan to solve problems in any environment you are put into.
The Neuert lab in collaboration with Vanderbilt’s graduate programs is offering you an opportunity to learn these skills using a Ph.D. research project as the training ground. Projects in the Neuert lab focus on novel and fundamental questions in biology that transcend different genes, organisms, and diseases and have therefore far-reaching implications in biomedical research. The interplay of experimental and computational concepts developed in this process has a high significance that goes beyond biology and medicine. The Neuert lab’s unique combination of asking fundamental questions combined with creative experimental and computational training is the unique foundation to position you for any future career.
By the end of your training, you will have mastered experimentally and computationally demanding techniques. You will have developed new experimental and computational methods that enabled you to answer a novel research question that nobody has answered before you. In the process of answering this question, you will have learned how to tackle unique problems in collaboration with Gregor, members of the Neuert lab, and their collaborators. You will have learned how to formulate a scientific question that will lead to a research result published in a peer-reviewed journal. Finally, you will have learned how to present your research question, methodology, results, and implications to an audience outside your field. These are the skills that any employer seeks in you.