Corrie Belanger

Robert E Hancock
CIHR Graduate Scholarships

Research Topic

Studying the mechanisms of susceptibility of opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa to antibiotics in host-like conditions for the discovery of potential in vivo antimicrobial targets and for improvement of antibiotic discovery methods.

Research Description

Studying the effects of known and modified antibiotics and antimicrobial peptides against opportunistic gram negative pathogens in host-like conditions to determine the mechanisms that allow differential susceptibility to some antimicrobial agents in conditions that mimic the host environment, such as the serum of a sepsis patient or the sputum of a cystic fibrosis patient.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

Being a part of a research project that is entirely dependent on your own contributions and making new discoveries that are unexpected or just doing experiments that work are all rewarding and exciting.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC has a large number of microbiology faculty with diverse interests, decent funding opportunities, and a great location.


Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Research in microbiology is really what drives my interest in graduate school. It is a tough career choice, but there are so many options for independent growth.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

Finding a job.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

I believe making connections and collaborating with other research groups is a large part of graduate school and is an important aspect of successfully completing the program and finding something to continue my career with.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Hiking, curling, knitting.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Things will probably not go exactly how you expect them to, or they will take a lot longer than you expect them to. If you put the effort into your project and stay positive, you will make progress, but don't expect everything to happen right away.