Gary Lopaschuk

 
Telkwa, Canada
Professor
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
Cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium transport in diabetes
John H. McNeill and Sidney Katz
1983

To seek career advice from Gary please email your request to graduate.pathways@ubc.ca.

 

Where and what is your current position?

  • Supervising a research program in cardiovascular disease
  • Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Pediatrics

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

Yes, I have always wanted to be an academic researcher.

How does this job relate to your graduate degree?

My graduate research was critical in me obtaining the necessary skills to undertake my present research program.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

Love of research!

What did you enjoy the most about your time as a graduate student at UBC?

It was a dynamic place to do research. My interactions with the Faculty members were very rewarding.

What are key things you did that contributed to your success?

Strong desire to perform research. An inquiring mind also helped.

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What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Work hard and be up to date on the scientific literature in your field.

What challenges did you face in your graduate degree, or in launching your career?

The lack of academic positions available was a challenge in my early career. However, I learned that being prepared and being productive was critical in obtaining an academic position.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

Discovery research is very satisfying to me.