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Chad Vezina, PhD ’03

The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences helped Chad Vezina land a prestigious postdoctoral research position

“I was able to land a postdoctoral research position at a premier academic institution largely because of networking with my PhD mentor and faculty in the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences,” says Chad Vezina.

“The University at Buffalo is a tremendously rich environment for scientific learning. Taking advantage of these opportunities sets you apart and propels you to the next level in your career.”

An assistant professor in comparative biosciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Vezina teaches pharmacology and manages a research lab.

“The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences introduced me to academic research at a research-intensive university and instilled in me the confidence and skills necessary to continue my education,” he says.

Vezina completed rotations in biochemistry, microbiology and toxicology. The wide-ranging content opened his eyes to different investigative approaches and introduced him to faculty who lent their expertise to his research.

“My PhD experience armed me with the basic skills and comfort level necessary to communicate with faculty members in disciplines other than my own.”

His current interests in prostate developmental biology, Vezina notes, are “entirely different” from his PhD research in toxicology.

“Interdisciplinary research opportunities in the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences prepared me to make this transition comfortably and successfully.”