Priye Iworima

UBC graduate student Priye Iworima
 
Generation of functional and mature 3D islet-like clusters from pluripotent stem cells
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

There is so much information available and I love to learn. The moment I started research work involving stem cells, my interest was sparked and I wanted to learn all I could. I was intrigued by the potential of stem cells and the implications they could have in regenerative medicine. This led to my decision to come back to school for a doctoral degree.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is not just a beautiful place, it is filled with top-tier experts in their respective fields. UBC fosters innovation and collaboration. In addition, I have been fortunate enough to connect with and find mentors that help enhance my leadership and scientific research skills. These are just some of the reasons I wanted to become a part of this great institution.

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

The new School of Biomedical Engineering is a strong program that aims to promote innovation and train future leaders. The visions of SBME aligns with current and future goals

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

I love the diversity of Vancouver, from the food to the people and various cultures. There is so much to learn, see, do and eat!

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

As a former varsity athlete, I developed a strong sense of dedication, communication, and a great work ethic. I love networking and getting to know what everyone around me is involved in. I think has helped me thrive in a scientific setting as collaboration is very important.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Give yourself definite goals. Don't afraid to try things. Most importantly, don't be afraid to fail. Just remember to get back up after any and every failure.