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Student Perspective: Krystal St. Julien

Krystal St. Julien

Lab: Dr. Mark Krasnow

Why did you choose the Biosciences PhD programs at Stanford University?

When I came to Stanford for recruitment, [Professor] Julie Theriot gave a speech in which she said students should choose to go somewhere challenging, not somewhere comfortable. I had not heard that at any other university I visited. I decided Julie was right, and that the place that would challenge me was Stanford. I also got the impression during my recruitment weekend that the people at Stanford really care about student education. I was excited to come to Stanford when I first arrived, and now, having been at Stanford for four years, I am still very happy with my decision.

Describe your research.

I am interested in discovering the role of alveolar myofibroblasts in the lung as well as finding predisposition genes for the alveolar lung disease Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.

Why did you choose to join your lab?

I chose to join my lab because my professor, Mark Krasnow, was extremely enthusiastic about the work being done in the lab, the people in the lab were really nice, and I thought I would have the level of independence I was looking for in a research lab.

What are your hobbies?

I participate in a lot of volunteer student organizations and graduate student programs on campus. If there is an event or advocacy movement happening for grad students on campus, chances are I'm involved somehow.

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