Michelle Leblanc, Entering Class of 2008
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Texas
Fellowship: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Laboratory: Dr. Ruth Lehmann
Project: Understanding how germ cells initiate migration and perceive migratory cues
Student Perspective: I dreamed of living in NYC since I can remember. I just didn’t know that it would be as a PhD student. As a former dancer I knew that though I wanted to pursue a career in science that I couldn’t completely separate myself from the performing arts.
I didn’t just choose NYU, I was drawn to the program, the research and the collaborative nature of Skirball and the Developmental Genetics program. As large and intimidating as NYC could feel, being a part of such a close-knit and supportive program helps alleviate the stress and anxiety that could accompany starting a PhD in a large city. Not only am I now a part of a strong, encouraging, innovative institute, but I can take advantage of all the scientific and artistic institutes throughout the city.
- A reduction in ovulation or the male sex phenotype increases long-term anoxia survival in a daf-16 independent manner in Caenorhabditis elegans. Alex Mendenhall*, Michelle LeBlanc*, Desh Mohan, Pamela Padilla. Physiological Genomics, 36:267-278, 2009. PMID: 19050081