Natalie Joe

About Natalie Joe

Natalie Joe is a Ph.D. candidate in cellular and molecular medicine. She shares, “I’ve sat in a plane with a stranger strapped to my back and my feet dangling 12,500 feet about the Florida coast. But, fear struck me when he said, ‘When you’re ready...,’ and then I leaned forward. We plummeted toward the coastline at 200 mph until he opened the parachute.”

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Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part Three

Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part Three

Read parts one and two of this series. You’ve found the fellowships you want to apply for and have begun the writing process for your personal and research statements — but don’t forget the critical component of all fellowship applications:  the letter (or letters) of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are imperative to building and reinforcing(...)

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Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part Two

Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part Two

Missed part one? Catch up here.  Take a deep breath; it is time to start working on fellowship applications. After applying for and receiving the Ford Foundation fellowship, my friend and fellow Ph.D. student, Ashley Stewart, and I wanted to share advice for fellowship applicants. Since each fellowship has different requirements, its own spectrum of(...)

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Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part One

Advice for Fellowship Applications – Part One

For graduate students, the first years of the Ph.D. are packed with an array of hurdles, and it is easy to end up feeling overwhelmed. Once you have passed your qualifying exams, chosen a thesis laboratory, finished the majority of your coursework and have a good general direction for your thesis project — roughly mid-second(...)

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Advancing Glioblastoma Research: A Tale of Two Superheroes

Advancing Glioblastoma Research: A Tale of Two Superheroes

Glioblastoma research is similar to superhero film plots. How, you may ask? If each superhero represents a different treatment drug, then we as researchers want to cause destruction of the cancer cells with the least number of superheroes possible. This is because we wouldn’t want patients to need to take a large cocktail of treatments(...)

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When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

My fifth grade world — a typical one concerned with classes, friends, recess, lunch menus and dreading middle school — forever changed one day, when I sat on the ABC-patterned carpet in my classroom and watched my favorite teacher hide tears from the class. I first met her in third grade. She was always peppy(...)

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