What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?
Research, Scientific Writing, Communication, Project Management
How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?
All of my current duties are directly linked to the lessons learned during my PhD. In particular, the broad transferable skills of writing, time management, project management and communications are key.
What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?
I completed an Honours degree at UBC. As part of my degree program, I conducted a 1-year research project with Kelly McNagny at The Biomedical Research Centre. At the time, I continued this study into my PhD project.
What key things did you do, or what attitudes or approaches did you have, that contributed to your success?
I think it is very important to think about the broader implications of your own work and think about the best way to communicate it to different audiences. Communication has been key to my progression.
What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?
Follow the path that inspires and motivates you and work hard. However, don't get lost in the details of your specific project. It is equally important to look around more broadly at what opportunities are available around you and what other skills you can develop.