“The amount of resources, scientific apparatus and collaborative nature between UC and CCHMC is incredible,” David claims. “I found the collaboration genuine and sincere where scientists all come together generously for the sake of creating better science.”
“It’s actually more than what I saw as a research fellow at the NIH,” he adds.
As he propelled forward in UC’s immunology graduate training, David worked in collaborative cancer bio-research at CCHMC, beginning in Edith Janssen’s immunology lab and later working full time in bone marrow cancer research in the lab of Marie-Dominique Filippi.
David is currently working on defending his master’s thesis this summer in immunology. After spending his Fulbright year in Trinidad, he plans to hopefully matriculate into an MD/PhD dual-degree program, such as UC's Medical Scientist Training Program, to train as a physician-scientist in the areas of cancer biology and immunology.
"From the first moment I met Dylan, I knew his strength of purpose was evident," says Jenny Hyest, director of UC's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "He knew exactly where he wanted to go, what he wanted to do there and why."
In Trinidad, David will combine his academic experience in immunology, cancer biology and bioinformatics to investigate the genetic linkage to poor cancer outcomes in the Trinidadian population.
“From my very first interaction with [Dr.] Isaacs when I was 10, medicine and research has been my intended career path,” says David. “And as an American-born Trinidadian with little connection to my culture, I now look forward to going to my parent’s homeland to make an impact on cancer research there.
“The Fulbright U.S. Student Grant will give me the opportunity to learn more about my heritage and enhance my skillset to be able to properly study and fight cancer in all populations of people.”
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Featured image at top: Dylan David presented a poster on his leukemia research while serving in his IRTA fellowship at the NIH. Photo/Provided by Dylan David