Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I am passionate about scientific research. It is inherently fascinating to study new things, and research moreover has the potential to solve important problems and contribute to society. A graduate degree will allow me to pursue this research, and will help to develop skills such as communication and problem-solving that can be applicable in academia and beyond.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
The research opportunities at UBC for my particular field of interest (microbiology and the gut microbiota) are phenomenal. I am honoured to be working in Dr. B Brett Finlay's lab, studying a topic which I find exciting and important. UBC also offers many opportunities to collaborate with other high-caliber researchers here at the university and at neighbouring institutions, and is a well-respected university on the global stage. Its stunning location and beautiful campus are an additional bonus.