Lingyi (Gloria) Li
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
In 2017 I completed a Master’s degree in the experimental medicine program at the UBC and was employed as a full-time data analyst at Arthritis Research Canada following my thesis defense. During the past five years, I have been involved in different projects on treatment side effects for arthritis diseases. This work inspired me to pursue my PhD to help patients make more informed decisions regarding treatments.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has developed a supportive network of peers, junior investigators, and senior faculty members that will provide me with invaluable mentorship opportunities and acculturation to the academic community.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I think the research-oriented PhD program in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) fits my multidisciplinary training needs. It has researchers in multiple disciplines, with specific expertise in rheumatology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and knowledge translation.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The beautiful campus in UBC and delicious foods in Vancouver
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
I have been working as a data analyst and have participated in a variety of longitudinal cohort studies involving the comorbidities and side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs among patients with rheumatic diseases using administrative databases. With the experience of managing complex datasets (including four million residents in British Columbia with 25 years of follow-up), I am confident in dealing with large cohorts that will be used in my PhD study.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy cooking, yoga, hiking, running, reading, and playing the piano.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Being patient to yourself when you meet problems in your research, thinking, and observing calmly then you will overcome those obstacles.