Stephen Armenti, Entering Class of 2009

(MD/PhD program - entered 2007)

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University 

Fellowship: NRSA F30 Fellowship from the NIDDK

Laboratory: Dr. Jeremy Nance

Project: In vivo analysis of cell polarization in C. elegans

Student Perspective: The Skirball Institute is a remarkable scientific community for graduate students. What drew me to working in Skirball was the sense of camaraderie between labs, the exceptional facilities and the devotion of scientists and administration in the institute to graduate student training. In the Developmental Genetics program, we gain a unique perspective to our projects through the collegiality on our floor. Helping to garner this spirit are institute-wide weekly happy hours and talks from post-docs and graduate students, which are some of the many highlights of training at Skirball. Perhaps the highlight of the year is the annual Skirball retreat, which showcases the scientific strength and cross-disciplinary collaborations and collegiality that are major draws to the Institute. Outside of the vibrant scientific walls of the Skirball institute, there is no better place to train than New York City. On any given night, there is always something new and unexpected to do in the city. Between that and science, you will never be bored.