“Iowa City is a great little town with lots of character. It is the perfect place to be a graduate student!”
My research interests include studying the functional role of novel enzymes and their products involved in the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are known to modulate the HPA axis and glucose metabolism, and may be involved in central neurogenesis; we are attempting to elucidate the roles and mechanisms of these key players.
Iowa City is a semi - small town centralized around the University and conjoined Hospital. All of the amenities necessary are easily accessible. Iowa City holds an excellent night life and has an emphasis on local everything (coffee, food, etc..). As UIowa is a large university, there are endless activities to be had. The new rec and numerous trails satisfy your exercise and outdoor craving needs. Coming from the larger city of Pittsburgh, I would equate the cultures as both outgoing and open-minded. A more positive aspect of Iowa City over a larger city is the slower feel to the town. Graduate life can be very stressful, so the safety of the town and lack of a dense population make an already busy life easier to manage.
On a program note, the main reason I chose to attend UIowa was because of the down to earth students and the student-oriented graduate program. Many of the students are very close-knit and we try to ensure the success of everyone, regardless of future aspirations. I have certainly felt at home since at UIowa, and have no doubt the Neuroscience Program here was the right choice.