Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I was exposed to research during my undergraduate degree, and even then I knew that I wanted to continue in research as part of a graduate degree. Also, I really enjoy the freedom of research--you can ask any scientific question you want! I also like the challenge--to come up with a question and find the methods to answer the question.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has very strong statistical and neurological programs, arguably the top in Canada. UBC's School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) and International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) are home to some of the most prominent researchers in the world. It is great to be surrounded by such interesting and creative people!
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise for me was making such great friends with similar interests!
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I hope that elements of my research will translate into a better understanding of the natural progression of neurological disorders.
What has winning a major award meant to you?
Winning these awards has been very encouraging to pursue my research. These awards also enable me to share my research to a greater extent by travelling to conferences.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Buy some rain boots and find something to research that you love!