Joslyn Mills


Joslyn Mills
Home Town
Hell, Michigan
Prior Degrees

BS, Biology
Southampton College of Long Island University
Southampton, NY

Sackler Program(s)
Thesis Adviser
Laura Liscum, PhD

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

I never cease to be amazed at how the body is able to work in such a concerted manner, and I’m always interested in what specifically goes wrong in a disease. After spending a few years in a cancer lab as a technician, I realized that the process of figuring out how things work and what goes wrong is what excites me, rather than working directly with patients on the clinical side, which is what I originally thought I wanted to do.

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

The support from faculty and staff in guiding me in my research is paramount to making me a better scientist. From classes to bench work, I am challenged to use my own brainpower to problem solve and design experiments instead of being told the answer or what to do and just go through the motions.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

I am planning on staying in academia, most likely teaching at a small undergraduate college where I will still be able to do my own research.

Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?

Sackler had a sense of family from the day of my interview, and I’ve learned that this is a place where everyone wants others to succeed and offer assistance when they can. The research at this institution is outstanding, but the faculty are not pretentious, making them more approachable and less intimidating so you can discuss science as peers.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

There are so many things to do here! I joined a recreational soccer team that I love playing with a couple days a week. The aquarium has free lectures I enjoy attending. And of course there are many great places to grab a drink with friends.

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

Boston has a special air about it, and I think it has a lot to do with its sports teams. There’s a sense of camaraderie, where everyone has a deep love of every team in Boston, from the Red Sox to the Bruins to the Celtics to the Patriots, the town is happy when they win but mourns together when they lose. Even though I’m an out-of-towner that has my own teams to cheer for, I get caught up in the Beantown excitement.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

There are too many to choose a favorite, but I LOVE the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup from Sweetwater.

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