Kate Thompson was a participant in the 2017 UBC Three Minute Thesis competition, with her presentation, “Bacteria that changed the world”.
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I have always been passionate about science as I grew up with two parents who are both Geologists. When I was young, we spent numerous hours exploring outcrops. During high school and as I pursued my undergraduate degree, I realized that my passion for science extended to a passion for lab work - an environment where I could ask endless questions and try to come up with some answers. After graduating with a degree in Microbiology, I knew my future was in academia where the questions never stop.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
After graduating from my undergraduate program, I returned home to Vancouver to train and compete with the Canadian national Field Hockey team. Since I was required to live in Vancouver to be a part of the team, I knew I would start my graduate degree at UBC. I had to wait, however, because I wanted to do the degree in Geomicrobiology and at the time there wasn't anyone at UBC in that area. Dr. Sean Crowe arrived in March 2013 and I immediately approached him about joining his lab and have been there ever since!