Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
As working in Pharmaceutical research industries for a long time in India, I always believe to upgrade myself for advance technology and future therapy for incurable diseases. The graduate study helps me to revamp my knowledge and skills as a pharmaceutical researcher. Moreover, grad study provides me a new platform to explore different research area with ample of opportunities, where I can follow my passion for learning new field as well.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
With UBC being a top-ranked university globally, I heard about its quality of research, immense contribution in advance technology, where everyone has equal opportunity to bolster. I've always wanted to work in such an environment. However, one thing which inspired me with awe after starting study is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion culture of UBC.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science offers diverse research areas ranging from genetics-molecular biology to health science- epidemiology study, with excellent lab facilities and extensive resources. My supervisor, Dr. Kumar has a very distinguished contribution in the field of neuroscience, especially molecular biology behind Somatostatin and its role in neurological diseases. My program offers me an exceptional opportunity to learn about the human brain, one of the most complex systems, which always fascinates me.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The best surprise about UBC is its amazing culture of diversity and equity, which helps me to foster my abilities and intellect. People here are very helpful, and make you think critically, which is very essential in doing research.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Learn and implement! If it is in form of new technology or new interpersonal skill, whatever I learn, I try to execute it with immediate effect, where I can have greater output with positive effect in my graduate program and ultimately in life.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Vancouver is a very beautiful city, having spectacular places to visit. I do explore such places often in solitary where I can connect to nature and it's majestic creation. I love to spend time just sitting peacefully over rock, looking beautiful sea and mountains.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Have fun and learn! Doing research is not always fun. You may fail often while searching for new outcomes, which is not end though; it is actually learning and a new beginning. So, always cherish small moments of trivial success during graduate study and research.