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Grad Student Appreciation: Abby Hwang

Abby Hwang is a graduate student at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

What is your academic background?

I obtained my B.E. in Bioscience and Biotechnology from Sejong University, South Korea.

How did you become interested in your specific field?

When I took stem cell and developmental biology classes in college, I became interested in embryonic development. Besides, my current research topic led me to be more interested in RNA and reproductive biology.

Why did you choose the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

The reason is that the research topic was similar to the field in which I was interested.

What is your current research project?

I am currently studying RNA relocalization, a critical event for germline and embryonic development, during oocyte maturation.

What impact do you think your research could have on society?

Studies that have had a significant impact on society always start with a sufficient understanding of fundamental science in the field. Therefore, I believe that my research will contribute to a better understanding of basic cell, developmental, and reproductive biology. In addition, I hope it would become a cornerstone for knowledge and medications that contribute to human and animal life.

What has been most beneficial to you in completing your studies at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine?

Great advisors, good friends and colleagues, supportive environment for research.

What are your passions outside of research?

I enjoy playing the piano and try to practice it whenever I have time.