Michelle Kwon participated in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition, with her presentation, "The hormone leptin controls blood sugar levels."
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I was fortunate to be in a great undergraduate program at UBC (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), which encouraged undergraduate research as part of the curriculum. As an undergraduate student, I was part of different research projects on a wide range of topics including neuroscience and clinical research in metabolic disease. Fortunately, I was always surrounded by encouraging mentors who took the time to teach me research skills and introduce me to various research topics. During this time, I came to enjoy research and decided to pursue a graduate degree! I like that in research, you get to be creative and think of innovative ways to answer questions related to biology.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to stay at UBC for my graduate degree because the research environment at UBC is great for trainees, especially for graduate students. There is a lot of collaborative research, especially between departments, which exposes you to various research topics and research environments. Also, there is an emphasis on strong graduate programs that value learning and growth for their students, and support their students through scholarships.