Loulou Cai

The impact of chronic/latent viral infections on markers of inflammation and cellular markers of aging in people living with HIV
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I've always had a passion for research, to continue questioning the unknown. Translational research had piqued my interest during my undergraduate studies, and I knew I wanted to continue.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I grew up just outside of Vancouver, but went to McGill for my undergraduate studies. I decided to return to Vancouver for my graduate studies because of the scientific climate, the opportunities for knowledge translation and the beautiful nature that surrounds it.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I've always been interested in how various pathogens lead to disease, and how they interact with our own immune defences. This program is highly interdisciplinary, and interacting with my peers affords me to learn about the variety of afflictions as well as the vast array of tools we have to fight or prevent them.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver is a vibrant city, with a wonderful mix of city-life and nature. I love that the mountains are accessible for all your hiking needs in the summer as well as most snow sports in the winter.

I decided to study at UBC for my graduate studies because of the scientific climate, the opportunities for knowledge translation, and the beautiful nature that surrounds it.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

During my undergraduate studies, I completed projects with topics relating to genomics, protein+mRNA regulation as well as tuberculosis. These opportunities and my amazing mentors have immensely prepared me for my graduate program.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

After starting grad school, I've gotten into bouldering, which is like a puzzle that your solve while exercising. I also enjoy crosswords, hiking, snowboarding, and tending to my indoor plant collection.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

UBC has a lot to offer, from various clubs, inter-mural sport teams, and activities. I would suggest to find your niche and build a community there, whether it's in your program or outside of it.


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