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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Molly Hodul

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

I have always had a curiosity for the way the brain worked, from synapse development to human behavior. I decided that the best way to address my interest was to pursue a career in research, especially studying the way cells and molecules determine the complex output that we see day-to-day in our friends, family, and colleagues.

How is the environment at GSBS helping you achieve your professional goals?

GSBS is a very supportive and friendly environment, two aspects that I think get overlooked but are vital for a good education. I find that my fellow students and numerous professors are more than willing to discuss projects, ranging from helping to fix projects within your own thesis and discussing intellectual curiosities. I really appreciate that GSBS encourages thoughtful discussion alongside bench work and writing.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

I am hoping to obtain a Post Doctoral position to continue in academia. I would eventually like to teach at the college level.

Why did you choose GSBS over other graduate schools?

The environment of the Neuroscience program seemed very cohesive and supportive as compared to other graduate schools.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

I really enjoy cooking and baking, and grabbing books from the public library down the street from my apartment.

What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?

I think Boston has all the perks of being a smaller city: it has great public transport and plenty of things to do, while it’s small enough to be comfortable and familiar.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

I really like Amsterdam Falafel, which has great falafel sandwiches with an extensive salad bar for add-ons.

Molly Hodul
Home Town: Oakland, CA
Prior Degrees: 
BA, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of California - Los Angeles
Thesis Advisor: 
Peter Juo, PhD