Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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Yves Juste


Hometown: Florida

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland

Thesis Mentor: Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D.. 

Department: Developmental & Molecular Biology


  • PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program) at the University of Chicago

    Description of Research

    The circadian clock is involved in controlling cyclic changes in the cellular proteome, which allows an organism to cope with daily changes in its environment. As we get older, this mechanism starts to decline. The goal of my research is to elucidate the contribution of the age-dependent decline on chaperone-mediated autophagy in the malfunction of the clock in old organisms.


    chaperone-mediated autophagy, circadian clock, rhythm, aging 

    Why Einstein

    Einstein offers a friendly environment, which fosters collaboration between diverse areas in the biomedical field. Einstein also houses the first center for research exclusively focused on human aging, which is an area of study that has always fascinated me.

    Advice for Prospective Students

    A Ph.D. student must constantly grapple with the uncertainty that comes with research. That is, we have no idea whether the hard work we are putting into our project even matters. Learning to properly manage that feeling and making sure that you are getting constant feedback from mentors and other external sources is key for advancing in your Ph.D.

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