Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I was given an opportunity to explore scientific research during my undergraduate, and was hooked on the prospect of designing and running experiments to explore my curiosity. Also, I was given a lot of encouragement from my supervisor and colleagues.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-class research institution that accommodates many world-class scientists. You may not know it, but some of the professors are big-name researchers in their field of research! I am lucky to have started working with one such professor later in my undergrad, who saw some potential in me.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The program is a breeding ground for collaborative networks between research labs - one such network is the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Cluster, which offers extensive help in programming and data exploration. I've gotten a lot of help from them as I am learning to program and explore my data.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The friendships you make - I have quite a strong bond with a group of friends I made in my first year. But also, the amount of support I have received from peers in my lab is without a doubt an important factor in my progress.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Being diversified in my interests, and the ability to be diligent and persevere during the times that don't look too promising.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Sports of any variety and retail therapy.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make friends with other people in your program (and outside of your program), and not just those in your graduating class! Friends who are your seniors can be great mentors, and it is only natural to pay it forward and mentor the incoming class!