Current Students | Rui Feng
When I applied to graduate school at UC, I was impressed during my initial visit and the interview process inspired me to pursue a degree within the Systems Biology & Physiology program.
I have now been a student for two years and can confidently say that I made the right choice - the program at UC has excellent faculty members, diversified laboratories, and a collaborative yet competitive environment.
I am currently preparing for my qualifying exam and hope to become a Ph.D. candidate this fall. As a researcher in Dr. Zavros' lab, I have been studying the role of Hedgehog signaling in gastric ulcer healing processes.
The two Hedgehog ligands, Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Indian Hedgehog (Ihh), regulate the processes of ulcer regeneration differently. Shh regulates cell differentiation at the ulcer margin, whereas Ihh regulates cell proliferation.
I am grateful for the opportunity to study at the University of Cincinnati. I have been fortunate to receive an excellent education while also developing the necessary "scientific" mindset that will benefit me throughout the rest of my career. I am proud to be a graduate student in the Systems Biology & Physiology program.