When Science Hits Home: Grant Corbett, PhD '15/GRAD

Friday, May 20, 2016
After neurodegenerative diseases struck his family, Grant Corbett, PhD ’15/GRAD, knew early on exactly where he wanted to focus his research efforts.

“During my first year at Rush, my advisor played an incredibly instrumental role in my development and steering me down the right academic path — there was no time that he wasn’t available,” Corbett said. “A student can learn the science, but having someone there to help them work through the process is so important.”

Upon graduation Corbett received the John E. Trufant, EdD Award for Excellence in Graduate College Research, and his work had been featured in various publications. Driven by his passion for neurodegenerative disease research, Corbett is now a postdoctoral fellow in neurology in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he applies molecular, biochemical, biophysical and cell biological methods to understand the role of protein aggregation abnormalities in central nervous system degeneration.

“My program at Rush was small, which means lots of hands-on contact in classes and labs,” added Corbett. “Everybody was so collaborative and cordial, and the camaraderie and personal experience was undoubtedly beneficial to my work then and still today.” 

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