Anoosha Pai S

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Investigation of Level and Posture Effects on the Thoracic Spinal Muscle Morphology with Upright Open MRI
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Working in the Research and Development sector has always been my career goal. I did my undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, but I wanted something more interdisciplinary and comprehensive, and the field of biomechanics particularly appealed to me. A graduate degree in my desired field of specialization was a much-needed breakthrough to acquaint myself with the necessary knowledge and skillsets. So, a research-based master’s program was my best option to chase my academic and professional interests.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I still remember that excitement that befell me when I was accepted into the MASc program at UBC in March 2018. UBC was “the” University I wanted to attend not only because of the high reputation that it has but also because the Professors here are just amazing in what they do. UBC also has great funding options for international students like me enrolled in research-based programs. With such a gorgeous campus, internationally diverse student community, the best resources, great collaborations made UBC one of my top grad school choices.

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

I was particularly drawn to my supervisor, Dr. Thomas R. Oxland’s work and the research our lab, which is one of the premier labs in orthopedics and injury biomechanics. Also, the MASc program in Biomedical Engineering is a collaborative undertaking of students and faculty from Applied Science and Medicine. This is exactly the kind of exposure and interdisciplinary program thing that I was looking for!

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

Vancouver- the city of nature! I was surprised to see how close it was to almost every “nature” thing that you can name- the beach, the mountains, the river, the parks. I was also very glad to see Vancouver having a plethora of options for vegetarians like me! Oh, and the public transport here is one of the best I must say. I almost forgot to mention how welcoming the community at UBC and Vancouver has been all along.

I still remember the excitement I felt when I was accepted into the MASc program at UBC. UBC was “the” University I wanted to attend not only because of the great reputation but also because the professors here are just amazing at what they do.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

The biggest challenge I foresee is stepping into the job market after I complete my degree. Most of the Biomechanics research is done in academia and I am concerned about the type and number of R&D positions available in the industry in this field.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

Being a part of the Engineers in Scrubs (EiS) program, I have had multiple opportunities to interact and work with different healthcare facilities in Vancouver. Also, the research in our lab (Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group) is undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners like Medtronic. These resources have opened an avenue for me to have a glimpse of different possible career options in this field.

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

I believe that the concepts, the problem-solving skills, analysis techniques, computer software, etc. that I learned during my undergraduate degree has well-prepared me for this stride. In addition, my two years of work experience as a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Science, India has certainly helped me a lot in developing my research instincts and improving my writing and communicating skills.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy cooking, running, singing, Netflixing and catching up with friends!

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Take your time to figure out what you really like. Once you know, race against the time to pursue it!


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