What attracted me to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was the beauty of cell and tissue architecture captured with microscopy. To me, pathology is an interdisciplinary field that combines illness and disease, with visual or computational detection – something that fascinated me and pushed me to pursue a BMLSc degree. Additionally, the hands-on learning that takes place throughout the BMLSc program was unique and something I did not want to miss out on!
The time I have spent at UBC was filled with wonderful moments shared with friends and family. Many days were spent by the beach after class, late night drives back home from the pool after practice with UBC’s artistic swimming team, and the copious amounts of coffee and sushi that fueled me through my degree.
Try to approach your professors and befriend your classmates. These relationships can really affect your overall experience and open up opportunities that are beneficial to you and your future career. Additionally, embrace all the learning experiences along the way, in and out of the classroom, and get the most out of them.
Currently, I am looking at early cancer detection using machine learning algorithms at BC Cancer. We are hoping to find tissue characteristics that allow us to predict recurrence of cervical cancer from the initial biopsy. Hopefully, this method will allow earlier cancer detection and management, thus improving patient outcomes.
This summer, my roommates and I are going on a trip to Greece. I am excited to experience a new culture, with good food and a powerful history. This year, I am looking to continue my research while applying to graduate programs and professional schools, hoping to continue my academic journey.