Maxwell Serowoky started the program in Fall 2016 and is currently part of the Development, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine program working with his mentor Dr. Francesca Mariani. Max completed his Masters in Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2014. He also spent a few years as an instructor and mentor to undergraduate students. This path eventually lead Max on his quest to obtain a PhD. Max chose USC because of the friendly faculty and the ability to rotate through a diverse selection of labs. Max’s favorite aspect of science is knowing that his discoveries will ultimately add to a better understanding of the natural world. As a 3rd year doctoral student, a typical day for Max consist of reading papers, managing the mouse colony, conducting experiments, analyzing data, writing grants, and reviewing articles. Max feels that the PIBBS program is preparing him for his career because PIBBS provides a collaborative environment where he can connect with other researchers and gain an appreciation for fields outside of his own. He is very involved in on-campus activities including the School of Medicine Graduate Student Association (SMGSA) and PIBBS Ambassadors. He also serves as a mentor to incoming 1st year PIBBS students. Max is a recipient of the Roy E. Thomas Fellowship, which also gave him the opportunity to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and to connect with prospective students. Max manages the stress of graduate school by, “keeping things in perspective.” Although your experiments may not always go as planned, it is important to remember the bigger picture. In five years, Max sees himself as a senior postdoctoral researcher pursing a tenure-track faculty position in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He is excited to combine his love for teaching and mentoring young scientists with his passion for discovery.