Victor Fanniel

Victor Fanniel

Dr. Raquel Sitcheran’s Laboratory

Entrance year: 2018

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

“My project focuses on the dynamics of the NF-κB pathway in glioblastoma. My focus is on the principal kinase of the pathway, NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK), and its characterization at the mitochondria. I am investigating potential interactions NIK may have with novel proteins that regulate oxidative metabolism.”

Research Specialties:

Medical Genetics- Human and Animal

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?

The program coordinator had visited with the lab I was working in for my masters degree and explained the many benefits that the university offered. I was impressed with the quality and variety of research being done. I also liked that there was a large number of faculty to choose from that other universities didn’t offer.

What is at least one big lesson you have learned in the Genetics graduate program that you think is widely applicable to your future pursuits?

I have learned that help is there when you need it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the administrators, faculty, and your fellow students.

Fun Facts:

Who was your famous role model growing up?

Rick James. He was my father’s favorite artist so I grew up listening to his music a lot. He was the epitome of cool in my opinion.

What is your favorite thing about life in College Station?

I like the food options here in town. Plenty of hidden gems if you know where to look.

Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.

I am classically trained in violin. I have been taking violin lessons since the 5th grade.