Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I had started my current research in my first year of undergrad and was only getting more and more excited about it! I stayed on for a PhD in order to finish the work I started.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC had the expertise in multiple areas that I was attracted to. There is no shortage of world class cell biologists on campus with whom I could collaborate with and learn from.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Opportunities to be involved in research beyond my own. Collaboration and exploration are highly encouraged in my program.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Summertime on campus!
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
The flexibility to explore other interests. My program allows me to extend beyond cell biology into fields like anatomy, where I've dedicated a lot of time to learning and teaching.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Finding one that will fulfill all my varied interests.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
My program gives me the opportunity to travel and meet plenty of people in different fields, and has really given me a better idea of how and what I want to shape my career into.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My honours program broke me down and built me back up, giving me a good taste of graduate work. Highly recommend it!
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Exercise/gym, go to a comedy or drag shows, haunt my fav cocktail bars
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Reach out. There is a whole community of amazing researchers on campus and I can guarantee many of them are employing techniques you'll want to use in your project.