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Jasmin Chahal

Assistant Professor
McGill University
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I teach in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Montréal, Quebec

I now live in: Quebec

I completed my training/education at: I have a BSc and a Ph.D in Microbiology & Immunology, both from McGill University.

What I do at work

I teach undergraduate Microbiology and Immunology courses at McGill. I use a lot of student engagement in my courses through polling questions, case studies, class discussions and games. I also help other faculty members redesign their courses to include more active learning. All my teaching is done online. However, this does not stop me from trying to engage students in my lectures. My experience in working as a volunteer with Let's Talk Science has helped me teach my students using various methods and use hands-on and mind-on activities!

My career path is

I always wanted to teach science at post-secondary. Thus, I completed my B.Sc. and did my Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology. During my graduate studies, I took courses on how to teach Biology. I was a Teaching Assistant and an LTS volunteer/coordinator. These experiences built my teaching experience. It also helped build my CV (Curriculum Vitae) and helped me get my job two months after defending my Ph.D.!

I am motivated by

My students and the people I work with! I love getting students’ comments about how much they learned and how they teach their peers and family about the course content. This motivates me to continue using active learning in my classroom.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I love inspiring students!  I make sure they know that, just because they cannot memorize all the characteristics of different bacteria, it does not mean they won't be successful. I encourage students to explore how they learn best and to use the content taught in class to solve problems.

Outside of work I

As a virologist, I spent a lot of my time during the pandemic doing interviews for podcasts, news reports and radio. These helped to teach the general public about the vaccines and the virus. To relax, I started painting every Friday night!

My advice to others

Keep going and explore every opportunity you get!

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Art
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Brought people together
  • Liked helping people
  • Played on a sports team
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given specific instructions
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Was really creative
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Always knew what I wanted to do

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