Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I absolutely love learning. As a physiotherapist, every time I assess or treat a patient, my quest to help someone to feel better inevitably drives my curiosity about how the human body moves and functions.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I specifically contacted Professor Karim Khan, a world renowned researcher in the physiotherapy and sports medicine fields, which led me to pursue my studies here. In fact, I am pursuing a joint-PhD through the Universitas 21 program, and am therefore a student at both UBC and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The U21 program is a fantastic way to explore international collaborations and to learn from diverse research groups.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I aim to further elucidate the role of alignment at the patellofemoral joint in both the onset and progression of knee OA, and more specifically, patellofemoral OA.
What are your future career goals?
I aim to build a career in research that capitalizes on my experience as a clinician and also gives me continuous opportunities to both learn and share/teach.
What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
I have lived in other countries and travelled the world, and always enjoy coming home to Vancouver. My community here supports me in living a life where I have freedom of expression and freedom to chase my dreams.
Personal Interests / Hobbies
I enjoy rock climbing, active commuting (cycling), play the electric bass, and occasionally volunteer with large scale collaborative art installations for international festivals.