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Why Did I Choose Jefferson?

Current Students


Xinmei Wen
Fifth Year PhD Student
A strong sense of community truly distinguished Jefferson from other schools to which I applied. This sense of community, in addition to a very reputable clinical curriculum and an array of interesting research opportunities in neuroscience, made Jefferson my top choice for pursuit of my MD/PhD. Faculty members are approachable and supportive, and I have developed meaningful relationships with both students and faculty here.


Thomas Westergard
Second Year PhD Student
Being a part of Jefferson’s Neuroscience Program has enabled me to expand my Neuroscience knowledge from more clinical into the cellular and molecular levels as well. I’ve also been able to participate in teaching via assisting in several courses while in the Program, which has helped to solidify my career interest in both neuroscience teaching and research.


Benjamin Zemel
Fourth Year PhD Student
I chose Thomas Jefferson University's Neuroscience Graduate Program because I immediately felt a fit that made Jefferson my first choice. From the very beginning I not only felt like I was an integral part of the program, but here, I was made to feel like an individual. I felt as if every member of the faculty was personally involved in my education and vested in my success. Academically, we have a faculty member with first hand knowledge for every interest and every question. Clinically, we work in close concert with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience; one of the most prominent Neurological and Neurosurgical programs in the country, simultaneously allowing us to translate our research and have access to unique clinical resources. All of these reasons make it easy to pursue and become passionate about Neuroscience at Jefferson.



David Ritter
MD/PhD Student

The training I received in the Thomas Jefferson University Graduate Program in Neuroscience was phenomenal.  From outstanding faculty who care about students to a guest lecture series with top notch visiting professors to a strong camamroderie among students, the program offered everything I needed to grow as a neuroscientist.  My training in the neuroscience program will undoubtedly serve as a basis for my future career as a physician-scientist

Subhasree Basu

Subhasree Basu
PhD Student

As an international PhD student, I intended to join a University here where my training as an independent investigator would be diverse and versatile. Thomas Jefferson University provided me with the perfect environment for my graduate studies in the Neuroscience program.  The program is unique and is catered to the individual needs of graduate students.  A comprehensive curriculum, excellent faculty and a collaborative multicultural environment are some of the characteristics that made me join the Neuroscience program at Jefferson. While the seminar series introduced me to some of the world- renowned scientists in the field, the journal club discussions were always invigorating and intellectually stimulating. I am thankful to the University, my colleagues and the faculty for their support throughout my graduate school career. The training I received here as a graduate student has and will help me immensely to build a strong foundation for my career as an independent young investigator.