Keshna Sood, Molecular Genetics
Year of Study: 5th year PhD
Student’s Name: Keshna Sood
Graduate Department: Molecular Genetics
Country of Residence: Canada
Why Faculty of Medicine? I wanted to make a difference in molecular medicinal fields at-large. I now work in a lab that develops antibodies for this ultimate purpose.
Why this Department? Molecular Genetics is at the interface of several areas of molecular biology. If you think about it, molecular biology really just means all things we cannot see by our eye. That is A LOT of science under one term. The Department encompasses this diversity by having over 100 faculty members, all within different areas of biology. I chose this department because of its community-feel and cohesiveness. It was apparent to me that collaboration among laboratories in this department would be accessible.
Current Research Experience: I work on developing antibodies and other protein-based tools to resolve critical biological mechanisms of cellular adhesion and growth on extracellular matrix (ECM) based compounds. This work is ultimately hoped to support cancer-based research and medicine where metastases is involved, or regenerative medicine contexts where cells must organize and migrate across a variety of ECM compounds to get to their destination. My thesis lies at the interface of protein engineering with phage-display, cell editing with endonucleases, and genome-wide screening techniques.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: I am very interested in science communication, entrepreneurship consulting and science initiatives at the policy and regulatory affairs level. I will keep testing different fields until I am content with my calling, and I urge you to do the same!
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