Gary Lopaschuk

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

What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?

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

How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?

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

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

Discovery research is very satisfying to me.

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

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

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 key things did you do, or what attitudes or approaches did you have, that contributed to your success?

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

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.


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