Rana Minab

Using fecal microbiome transplantation for type 1 diabetes therapy
Bruce Verchere
BCCHR Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories Doctoral Studentship
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I have always had a strong passion for scientific inquiry and desire to contribute to advancements in medical knowledge. Within academia and research, learning is an ongoing, daily process and plays a significant role in understanding diseases, developing new treatments, and improving the lives of others.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is one of the top research institutes in the country and has experts in many different medical fields. In addition, Vancouver is diverse culturally and offers a stellar natural playground for someone who loves the outdoors and wants to be active throughout the year.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The courses offered at UBC for my program give you a strong base for understanding a spectrum of human diseases which can serve as a solid groundwork for future research. The chance to do clinical as well as basic biology research is also very important to me and will equip me with skills needed for my future endeavors.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver and UBC, although geographically spread-out, feels like a small town and by joining different clubs at the university I was able to find like-minded, driven and fun individuals who have become great friends and mentors.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

During my undergraduate degree I worked in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory which prepared me for the lab work involved in my research as well as my studies in my undergraduate work involved various lab courses. By volunteering as a STEM mentor throughout my undergraduate and graduate degree I was able to work on my scientific communication which is equally as important as the research itself.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy moving my body through various activities such as beach volleyball, strength-training and acro-yoga. During the summer, I like to enjoy my time outside as much as possible as summer in the city is fleeting.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Work-life balance in graduate school is an important aspect of a student's overall well-being and success. Prioritizing self-care reduces stress and will improve your overall performance in school. Utilize your support systems and reach out to your peers, mentors, and supervisors. Be realistic at what you can handle and don't take on too many commitments. Take breaks and set aside time for activities and play as well as time with loved ones.


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