“The Department of Biochemistry is a diverse research program. Through the course work, seminars and student presentations it teaches you skills in communication, critical thinking and presentation, all of which are invaluable to a researcher. Additionally, working at Robarts has allowed me to collaborate externally from my department. Robarts Imaging has also provided me with the opportunity to include an imaging component to my research project, which is very unique.”
Supervisor: Dr. Murray Huff
Where is “home” for you?
Port Moody, British Columbia. It’s in the lower mainland, just outside Vancouver.
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I decided to come to Western for my graduate degree for my lab and supervisor. I completed my honors thesis project in Murray Huff’s laboratory. When applying for grad school, I interviewed with other labs at different schools and I realized I already had a good mentor and a good research environment that Western and Robarts provided, so I decided to stay.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Choose your project and your lab carefully. Make sure it’s something that you are interested in and would be willing to commit up to five years of life. Also make sure that you can imagine working with the people in your lab because of the same reasons. Grad school is a huge commitment and a lot of work. I wouldn’t make any impulsive decisions because you don’t know what is next for you. Not liking your project or working in an environment not right for you will make grad school more difficult than it should be.
What idea would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Make work-life balance a priority. It will help prevent you from feeling burnt out part way through your degree. I find that it also helps me work more efficiently when I am at work.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
Yes. I am a member of the Western Climbing Club. It’s a lot of fun and they are very welcoming of beginners. It’s a great environment.
What are you most passionate about?
Other than a passion for research and science, I would say something that I am passionate about is connecting with people. I think that taking the time to talk and listen to other people speaks a lot about you as a person. It also helps you get behind an idea or project when you have an emotional connection.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I am a very approachable person and would always be willing to try and help someone out.