Welcoming vibes for all
I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I am from the beautiful country of Nepal, home to Mount Everest, and I did my undergraduate and master’s in microbiology in Nepal before coming to San Antonio in 2018 to pursue my doctorate.
Our research group under the supervision of Thomas Boyer focuses on understanding how uterine fibroids (or leiomyomas) arise and how they can be treated nonsurgically. My research specifically concentrates on deciphering the molecular mechanisms by which a myometrial stem cell responsible for forming and maintaining the smooth muscles of the uterine wall changes itself into a tumor-initiating stem cell believed to be the origin of these benign yet highly pathologic tumors.
Coming from a small country with a diverse culture, I love San Antonio for its welcoming vibes for people from all around the world in a truly multicultural setting. There’s a good chance that you’ll find your local restaurant around San Antonio, no matter which corner of the world you come from. I enjoy Nepalese food at Himalayan Kitchen and highly recommend others to try this once.
But there is much more to this city. There are plenty of famous tourist spots and museums to spend a day in while there are local hiking trails and parks to spend an evening. One of my favorites is the Japanese Tea Garden, which appeals to me with its beauty alongside its ancient touch and peacefulness despite being in the middle of the city.
Finally, there is good news for science lovers too. The bioscience industry of San Antonio is in its exponential growth phase while other big Texas cities are approaching saturation.
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Discover BMB, the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be held March 23–26 in San Antonio. Abstracts for poster presentations and spotlight talks will be accepted through Nov. 30. See the poster categories and spotlight talk themes.
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