A PhD Hat Trick

Three MCDB Graduate students defend their PhD thesis work from the same laboratory.

December 11, 2019
 MCDB graduate students Sagen Flowers, Melissa Alcorn, Erik Spickard.
MCDB graduate students Sagen Flowers, Melissa Alcorn, Erik Spickard.
It doesn't happen often - even less than a blue moon - but this past week saw three MCDB Graduate students defend their PhD thesis work, all from the same laboratory! Melissa Alcorn, Sagen Flowers, and Erik Spickard are the program's newest PhD alums. Conducting their work under the mentorship of MCDB Professor Joel Rothman, each had a unique story to tell at their public talks. Dr. Flowers will continue on as a postdoctoral scholar with Rothman while Dr. Alcorn and Dr. Spickard are headed off to Biotech. Congratulations to all three (and to Professor Rothman) - we look forward to their continued success!