March 2021 updates from MUSC College of Graduate Studies Dean Paula Traktman

Dean Paula Traktman
April 07, 2021
Dean Traktman

To all:

It is my pleasure to bring you the first CGS alumni newsletter of 2021; I hope this message finds you all well.

COVID vaccines are here and spring has begun – both are reasons for great optimism. It is recruitment and admissions season for us, and I want to bring a new tool to your attention:  MUSC Virtual Tour.  Please open the link (in Chrome, if possible) and take a tour of the campus. Hover over the pins to see the name of the facility; click on the pin to learn more and find a brief informational video.  This tool has helped our applicants “visit” campus, and we hope it will be of interest to those of you who haven’t visited campus in a while.

In this issue of the newsletter, please meet an alumna (Aye Mon) whose journey for education took her from Myanmar to the U.S. Midwest and eventually to MUSC. She is using the key skills and knowledge gained during her Ph.D. training to develop new cell culture systems that model pathologies and set the stage for drug discovery. I’m also pleased to introduce you to a senior Ph.D. student (Luke Watson) whose dissertation research has focused on the link between obesity, insulin, and memory impairment.  

Finally, learn about a new career development initiative aimed at helping students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing careers in industry; CGS is partnering with the A2i (Accelerate to Industry) program developed at North Carolina State. Dr. Hal May just led the successful launch of our “Job Search Strategies” module, which provided our trainees with valuable insights, hands-on practice, and networking opportunities. Helping our trainees reach their potential and realize their aspirations is a vital part of our mission.


Paula Traktman, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Graduate Studies
Hirschmann Endowed Professor
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology   
Medical University of South Carolina

About the Author

Dean Paula Traktman

Keywords: Deans Message