Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Since my first co-op position studying acute promyelocytic leukemia, I knew I would be pursuing a career in cancer research. Over the years, I was fortunate to have incredible research mentors who inspired me to pursue a combined MD/PhD degree. I enjoy the challenges of research and the process of discovery. I hope to integrate research with clinical medicine to provide new treatment options for patients with cancer.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at UBC, during which I was able to become more involved with its research community. UBC is one of world’s biggest research hubs and its connections to the world's research stage is truly impressive. In addition, its excellent MD/PhD program will prepare me to succeed as a clinician scientist.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The MD/PhD program provides an incredible amount of support for their students. This well-organized program provides students the flexibility and resources to excel in both medicine and research. My hosting department, pathology and laboratory medicine, also has an organized structure to support all its students and ensure their success.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Since I did my undergrad in UBC, I'm pretty used to life in Vancouver and the UBC campus. However, I was pleasantly surprised about how great the new aquatic center is!
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy the outdoors as well as painting.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Identify mentors who not only will guide you in your research, but also someone you can aspire to and trust. Research can have rough patches, having great mentors and peers to support you will make a world of difference. I was fortunate to work with many life-long mentors who had and will continue to guide me in my professional and personal development. Persistence is also important. Don’t be afraid of failures, instead, turn them into learning experiences.