Geoffroy Noel

McGill University
Associate Professor
Paris, France
Montreal, Canada
Dystroglycan-dependent modulation of aquaporin-4 distribution : a new target to prevent brain edema
Hakima Moukhles

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

Director of Anatomical Sciences Division

How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?

Research and Gross Anatomy Teaching

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

Balancing multiple hats (research, teaching and administrative)

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

More. Teaching keeps my passion stronger than ever. My research keeps me on the edge and connects me to the scientific community and the administration allows me to be creative and advocate for changes that I particularly important. 

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

Immersion in a completely anglophone environment with world-renowned mentors

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

Teaching anatomy to medical and dental students. Allowed me to stay connected to students and gain a bigger picture of my work instead of always be immersed in the details of bench work.

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

Try new techniques, learn from different labs, get teaching experiences.

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

Diversify your skills. Take on more than just research. Open your world to new opportunities.

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

Perseverance. Keep an eye on the prize. Work hard without knowing what will come next. Keep faith.


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