“Scientific research is one of the most exciting and rewarding of occupations,” said Frederick Sanger.
The quest for seeking answers to our questions begin in our childhood — and so did mine.
I am Fazal Bhatti, and by the time I was in high school I knew I wanted to become a scientist.
I describe myself as a “born biologist,” owing to my bachelor’s degree in physiology (with minors in microbiology and biochemistry) and a master’s degree in biotechnology.
I completed my PhD in the field of molecular biology with sub-specialization in stem cell biology. My research area is orthopaedics with a focus in cartilage repair using stem cells and nanosome-mediated drug delivery during osteoarthritis.
I joined Dr. Kacena’s lab in April to broaden my knowledge in bone and fracture healing, and I hope to find answers to poor bone healing in type-II diabetes.
I firmly believe there is cure for every disease and we just have to put in the effort to find it. This has been my motivation to pursue a career in research and academia.
The lab is my playground and I like to solve scientific puzzles.
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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a communications coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she supports the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology. Having earned degrees in journalism and telecommunications ...