1. World-class research. Utah is recognized as a leader in many areas of molecular and cellular biology. For example, gene mapping and gene knockout/replacement were both developed here, making Utah a center for gene discovery and functional analysis. In 2007, Utah geneticist Mario Cappecchi won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
2. Great graduate students – your colleagues. We do world class research because we have great people; students, post-docs, and faculty. Over 450 students have received the PhD degree in the two programs since their inception in 1987 (Molecular Biology) and 1991 (Biological Chemistry).
3. Superb graduate training. Utah faculty show their commitment to graduate training through both teaching and mentorship. Students are offered excellent core courses and advanced courses that cover a broad range of disciplines. Faculty also serve on advisory committees that monitor student progress and help promote the student to graduation.
4. An interactive academic environment. There are many formalized interactions between students lab groups and departments including journal clubs, specialized research interest groups, seminar series, all of which provide venues for collaboration and brainstorming.
5. Resources. Utah is consistently ranked as one of the best-funded public research Universities in the country. We have state-of-the-art facilities, buildings, and equipment including confocal and electron microscopy, DNA microarray, X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, small animal imaging, zebrafish facilities and transgenic animal facilities.
6. Core Facilities. Utah has exceptional core facilities that can make a big difference in students progress, including DNA sequencing, oligo synthesis, DNA microarray, microscopy, protein-interaction, flow cytometry, metabolomics, bioinformatics and biostatistics.
7. The Best Snow on Earth. Powder to the people! Seven world-class ski resorts are within 30 minutes of the University, nestled in the Wasatch Mountain canyons.
8. Mountain biking and hiking. Utah is the Mecca of slickrock biking, and the state has hundreds of miles of trails through mountains, canyons, and deserts. Utah is home to Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and five spectacular National Parks, more than any other state: Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion. An array of canyon roads offer wonderful opportunities for canyon cycling.
9. Cultural activities. Salt Lake City has a nationally-recognized symphony, dance companies, theater, and Utah Jazz basketball. The internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival occurs annually in Park City. Utah’s diversity and hospitality were on full display during the 2002 Olympic Games.
10. A great lifestyle. Salt Lake City has a very reasonable cost of living, and has been rated the Most Desirable Place to Live by many prominent magazines.