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Cindy Puente, BA, MA, PhD

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Xuejun Jiang

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PhD, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School

To me, being a scientist is akin to being an adventurer. I like knowing that I might be the only person who’s ever known one specific fact. When I was little in Colombia, my family owned a coffee farm, where I became enthralled by nature’s beauty and mystery. I still like working with my hands and seeking knowledge. I am an avid gardener. Currently, I grow okra, asparagus, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, figs, apples — my garden is very extensive. Diverse experiences like this can help define a PhD applicant. Students should have extensive research interests but also be passionate and show leadership.


Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F31) (2013-2016)