The Doctoral Program in Microbiology provides advanced training and education for students with the desire and ability to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented graduate program leading to careers in science in the academic, governmental, or private sectors.
Monica Graham, PhD student, Beckham Lab
Monica Graham is a 5th year PhD student in Dr. David Beckham’s lab. The Beckham lab studies the pathogenesis of emerging infectious diseases and neuro-invasive flaviviruses. Monica’s research interests center around emerging infectious diseases and how viruses manipulate their hosts to promote viral infection, and her thesis work is focused on studying how RNA structures in the 3’ untranslated region of Zika virus function during viral infection. Monica has presented seminars at Rocky Mountain Virology Association and American Society for Virology meetings, as well as worked with the “Think Like A Scientist” (TLAS) outreach program, which included developing a TLAS curriculum and YouTube channel and aiding in the TLAS transition to a virtual teaching format during the COVID-19 pandemic. When not in lab, Monica enjoys exploring Colorado’s hiking trails and posting up at a brewery with a good book. Monica is also an avid Dungeons & Dragons player. The best piece of advice Monica would give to an incoming graduate student is that everyone’s path through a PhD is different, so don’t get yourself down comparing your progress to others’ progress.