Sathish Kumar Ganesan joined the PIBBS program in fall 2016 and is currently in the Cancer, Biology and Genomics PhD program in the lab led by Min Yu, MD, PhD. He chose PIBBS because of the flexibility that comes with an umbrella program. His family, friends and the city of Los Angeles also played a part in his decision to attend USC for his doctoral studies. He completed his Master in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at USC in 2008, and it was a great experience for him, which made the transition into a PhD program at USC smooth.
Sathish’s experience with science not only makes him curious, but it also is a powerful language that has allowed him to connect with people from different backgrounds. As a third-year student, he spends most of his time in the lab designing and executing experiments pertaining to his thesis. Sathish dedicates evenings to his coursework. When there is time, he occasionally attends seminars around the Health Sciences Campus. For Sathish, the opportunity to rotate in multiple labs during his first year helped him experience different lab environments and various aspects of cancer research. The qualifying exam and professional development workshops have had a huge impact on how he views his project and improved his ability to communicate his work to an audience. Sathish has been able to build upon his interpersonal skills through the organizations he joined on campus. He is currently the president of Health Science Mentors, a mentoring program that works in partnership with the Violence Intervention Program and Central Juvenile Hall. He is the treasurer for CodeOn!, a group that helps build informatics skills within the Keck School community, and he serves as a PIBBS ambassador. Sathish also serves as a mentor for first-year PIBBS students and middle school students.
Sathish manages stress by going to the movies, having dinner with friends, exploring new cities or going for an outdoor run. In the future, he would like to pursue research that uses genomics to benefit patients’ health and would like to continue his community activism. Sathish is a recipient of the Roy E. Thomas Fellowship. He is grateful for the fellowship, leadership opportunities and the opportunity to attend the SACNAS Conference to connect with prospective students.