Sector: Health Science, Science
Born: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Genetics, Zoology, Chemistry, Health, Science
Understanding how a cancer genome is shaped is exciting. It is like being a detective!
When I was in high school, I was deciding between being a teacher, an engineer or a medical doctor. I entered university and began an Honours Bachelor of Science. I studied Human Biology and Zoology. I continued my studies and completed a M.Sc. in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. From here, I continued with my studies and completed a PhD in Molecular Genetics. I did well in my M.Sc. and Ph.D. and decided to continue in research. I write and publish the results of my work in different scientific journals. I have done some teaching at the university level as guest lecturer and teaching assistant. Many of the scientists around me have been influential in my decisions. I’m still very early in my career. Doing primary research is difficult but coming up with explanations about how the cell works is rewarding.
Study and engage in research to see how interested and good you are at it. This will help you decide to pursue it or not.
I read, ski, and hike. I do poster judging and lab demonstrations for junior students. I also engage in peer review of scientific articles.
I do primary research on how genetic mutations affect the onset and progression of cancer. I develop and perform experiments in the laboratory setting. I use computational analysis genetics tools such as CRISPR, gene over expression system, mammalian tissue culture, Western blot, and microscopy. Troubleshooting experiments when things don’t go as planned is a regular occurrence. My understanding of science is key to success in the research I am doing. I work well in a team setting on collaborative projects. I work mostly in English. Sometimes I speak Russian, if visiting scientists or lab members speak it.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in Balkhash, Kazakhstan; Grew up - Toronto, Ontario
I now live in: Montreal, Quebec
When I was
- Literature and English language arts
- Physical Education/Health
- Was motivated by success
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades