Graduate Student Alumni Spotlight
Student Name: Danielle M Tufts, PhD
Program: Master's in Biology
What attracted you to this field?
I have always loved nature and find the intricacies of science fascinating. My research at UT Tyler allowed me to explore my interests and helped me discover and appreciate new research interests.
Why did you choose UT Tyler?
I'm originally from California and wanted to branch out of my state. UT Tyler allowed me to do that and it was one of the best decisions I've made.
What do you like most about UT Tyler?
I love the community of people in my department, faculty, staff, and other graduate students.
What are your career aspirations?
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in New York City. I am working on tick-borne pathogens and diseases. After my appointment has concluded, I plan to look for professorship positions at other universities.
What is your work experience?
After finishing my Master's degree at UT Tyler on Biological Control Agents for Fire Ant management, I decided to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for a PhD. At UNL I studied high altitude adaptations including phenotypic plasticity and genetic specializations in various mammal species. After my doctorate I accepted my first postdoctoral position working on systematic and genetic diversification of different parasite species.
Do you have any advice to pass along to other students interested in this program?
Graduate school can be very challenging at times, but it is also extremely rewarding. Work hard, but also take some time for yourself; it will keep you motivated and energized. Most importantly have fun!