Amanda Veri - Molecular Genetics
Country of Origin: Vaughan, Ontario Canada
Pre-Msc/PhD Education: Honours Bachelors Degree at McMaster University in the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Co-op program
During my undergraduate degree, I did a fourth year thesis project studying small molecule inhibitors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation in Dr. Lori Burrow’s lab at McMaster University. I also had the opportunity to work in Dr. Anne-Claude Gingras’ lab learning about mass spectrometry and using proteomics to study human phosphatases.
I am currently in my third year of my PhD, performing research in Dr. Leah Cowen’s lab. My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans undergoes morphogenetic transitions, which are associated with virulence.
Why Faculty of Medicine?
During my undergraduate degree I did one of my co-op placements in a Molecular Genetics lab. I was absolutely impressed with the research environment in Toronto, especially in the Faculty of Medicine. There is a great breadth to the research being performed, in a very productive and collaborative manner. One of the biggest draws was that in the Molecular Genetics department I could do rotations before deciding which lab to do my PhD in, which I really think helps to make sure that your lab environment, supervisor and research are a good fit for you.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals:
Still to be decided! Right now I’m keeping my options open and am trying to learn about all careers available to graduates so that I can make an informed decision.
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