“It is the whole community working together that makes Western such a great place to complete a graduate degree. I feel lucky to be in such an environment that is so supportive and fun.”
Supervisor: Hon Leong
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
My supervisor is definitely the key to my success. With his vision and guidance, I am able to accomplish amazing things in my research. The entire faculty is supportive and open to answering questions and collaborating.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I used to be really involved with Rotaract Western, a club that aims to match university students with both local and international volunteer experiences. It was a lot of fun and also gave me a taste of where I could volunteer on my own in the future.
Describe your research.
My objective is to develop a preclinical mouse model for prostate cancer that better recapitulates natural disease. Even though 90% of men with metastatic prostate cancer present with metastases in the bone, this trend is not translated in most preclinical models for this disease. Ultimately, I aim to develop a model that will effectively allow us to study the mechanism and possible treatment of cancer cell movement from blood to the bone.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
The spoke is easily the best place on campus to study. I personally need a little bit of background noise when I work. The spoke is the perfect place to set up my computer and get all my work done. Even when I am not working, the bagels are worth the stop.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Definitely find a professor that studies something that you are passionate about. I am much more motivated to work hard when I truly enjoy what I am studying.