Five years have passed since Ashish Juvekar ‘10G left his native India for an outstanding science graduate education at St. John’s. Today, having earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University, he has been selected to continue his research at one of the world’s renowned medical centers.
This fall Ashish begins a post-doctoral research fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Ashish attributes his success in achieving the prestigious appointment to the challenging curriculum and supportive faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at St. John’s.
“From the start, St. John’s groomed me to be a professional researcher, says Ashish. “I acquired the technical skills currently being used in cutting edge research and developed a strong publication record, which is vital preparation for this field.”
“Ashish has proven to be a wonderful role model for both our doctoral and undergraduate students,” said Ivana Vancurova, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Ashish’s faculty mentor. “Ashish is a shining example of how intensive laboratory training as well as opportunities to publish and attend international conferences can lead to successful careers in the sciences.”
According to Dr. Vancurova, Ashish’s research findings will aid in the development of new medicines and drug combination therapies to treat lymphoma. With the help of Dr. Vancurova, he also has uncovered a new mechanism through which drugs can inhibit protein activities that are found in certain cancers.
“The sky’s the limit with a degree from St. John’s,” says Ashish. “I will always be grateful to the University for providing me with the education and opportunities that are on par with Harvard’s standards.”