My PhD thesis aims to identify and analyse E3 ligases with a role in plant immunity. I will further determine and characterize their ubiquitination substrates to reveal how they are regulating and being regulated during immune responses.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I'm most interested in the program's technical aspects.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The comfortable weather!
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a strong research environment: Professor Xin Li's research group has made some excellent advances in plant defense research.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
I was attracted to the program's strong technical background.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Dealing with the academic challenges.
How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?
Strong scientific training.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Obtaining a Master's degree.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I enjoy playing tennis.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
I advice new students to have sound research training before commencing a graduate program.