A man poses in front of a water fall.

If you aren’t graduating this month, or know someone who is, then December 16 might be an ordinary day for you. But if you could look at the ceremony under a microscope, you might see it differently. There are hundreds of researchers and healthcare professionals ready to go out into the world to save lives. PhD Candidate Habibul Mazumder, a native of Cumilla Bangladesh, is among them. When Mazumder graduates from the WVU School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences Program, he plans to focus his attention on critical research for women’s health. (Photo caption: Mazumder enjoying the beauty of Valley State Park in Fairmont, West Virginia. Photo Credit: Afsar Suzon)

Why did you choose the WVU School of Pharmacy to pursue your PhD?

I used to live in a port city with hilltops and greenery. When I got the offer letter from WVU, Morgantown reminded me of that place. Morgantown's roads, natural beauty, and coziness attracted me the most apart from the academic achievements.

Where did you earn your other college degree(s)?

I did my undergraduate and master's at the University of Chittagong, one of the reputed public universities in Bangladesh.

What are your plans for post-graduation?

I will join the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Magee-Womens Hospital as a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Ronald Buckanovich's lab working in ovarian cancer research.

Why do you want to work in ovarian cancer research?

Although this field is crucial for women's health and generations to come, not a lot of research has been done on ovarian cancer. The impact of such cancer not only affects the patients but also their families and family planning.

What is your ultimate career goal?

My ultimate career goal is to improve healthcare through breakthrough scientific research and the development of drug candidates.

What did you enjoy the most about your time at WVU or do you have any special memories that you would like to share?

I really enjoyed the natural beauty in Morgantown, the people are so friendly; I will miss them. One special memory I have is from the first day of our orientation when we got to know our classmates and faculty members. Some of the program directors were giving short speeches. Dr. Schaller told us, "You all are our colleagues, do not undermine yourselves. One day you will be here and giving a speech, the only difference is we (faculty) have a degree and you don't. One day you will have that, and you will do better than us." That was touching to me.

Do you have any final thoughts?

I am very thankful to my wife for her support and care in this journey.