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00:00 >> I'm a pretty hard worker.

00:02 It's like a huge personal drive to me.

00:05 I've always told myself to try,

00:08 and be better than I was yesterday.

00:10 My name is Mariah Gleeson,

00:11 and I'm a masters students studying exercise science.

00:14 One of the reasons I chose Oakland University was to

00:17 relocate back to Michigan and be closer to my family.

00:20 I never expected to be a graduate student,

00:23 but I gained a lot of insight from my mentors,

00:26 and they've always pushed me to get a graduate degree.

00:30 They're getting their PhDs, and they're professors.

00:33 So they all encouraged me because they enjoyed the field,

00:36 and I also enjoy the field.

00:37 I knew if I stopped school after my undergrad,

00:40 I wouldn't be able to get back into it,

00:43 and that made me want to continue to graduate school.

00:46 One of the things at Oakland University I discovered was that I love to teach,

00:53 and I want to get my PhD to contribute to research.

00:56 I like being there for the students,

00:58 and I want them to have a valuable learning experience.

01:00 If you're on the fence to get a graduate degree,

01:03 I say if you really love the field,

01:06 then pursue it.

01:07 [MUSIC]

Our Story Mariah's Story – Graduate Series

Keep moving toward the career of your dreams. If you just completed your undergraduate degree, now is the perfect time to pursue a graduate degree. At Oakland University, we offer more than 135 graduate degree and certificate programs that will help you take charge of your future. Learn more:



OU Pride 2021 Oakland University Holiday Greeting

00:02 Sarah Denha, Ph.D. Student Department of Chemistry

00:07 The Research: SpinoCerebellar Ataxia Type five is a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes neuron degeneration in the cerebellum.

00:16 It causes uncoordinated body movements, slurred speech and abnormal eye movements.

00:24 The Focus: Researchers like Sarah and Dr. Avery are focused on understanding how mutations in a protein called β-III-spectrin lead to the development of the disease.

00:36 The Science: To study this disease, Avery’s Lab uses fruit flies as a model to understand the impact of β-III-spectrin mutations on the dendritic arborization of neurons.

00:45 Dendritic arborization is a process by which neurons create new synapses vital to healthy brain activity and function.

00:55 Healthy neuron, diseased neuron.

01:02 The Goal: Researchers hope to discover the mechanism by how these mutations cause the disease so they can create treatments and eventually cure the disease.

Research Sarah Denha, Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 5

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