Adam Ramzy was the winner in the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition, with his presentation, "Gene and cell therapies for diabetes."
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Since my first undergraduate research project in 2009, I knew that I wanted to make research a part of my career. I love being able to spend my days asking questions and seeking answers.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-class institution that offers an MD/PhD program that has produced many outstanding clinician scientists. By being at UBC I have been fortunate to study alongside a group of diverse and extraordinarily capable colleagues for 6 years and I look forward to graduating with them in 2021.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I believe that bridging the gap between basic science and clinical intervention is paramount. With training in both medicine and research, I hope to focus my career on using quality basic science to enact real changes for patients around the world.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Vancouver is a wonderful city to call home - from beaches to mountains to a beautiful city full of green spaces and things to do.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Learning how to learn as an undergraduate student was the key skill I brought to UBC that has allowed me to be productive and gain valuable skills and have diverse experiences during my graduate studies.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Outside of academia, I compete internationally in the sport of powerlifting. I have represented Canada since 2012 and am currently ranked #1 of all time in the Canadian Powerlifting Union.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Grad school will present unique challenges unlike those faced in undergrad. Your success will require intrinsic motivation to want to contribute to science. Don't doubt yourself and be willing to take risks and work hard for an essential cause.