Early in my studies, I became especially curious about the immune system and its complex mechanisms which together are able to provide us with the correct level of protection. This led me to pursue a Bachelors’s, and subsequently, a Master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Martin Richer. This remarkable opportunity, taught me a lot about my favourite cell type (which, spoiler alert, is the T cell), about scientific research and all the critical thinking required to design the correct experiments, but most importantly, about how to love science as much as I do today. Last year, I started my PhD studies at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Heather Melichar. In this chapter of my scientific career, I’m diving deeper into why our T cells sometimes become dysfunctional leading to the development of autoimmune diseases. I can’t wait to share my future findings with you!
For me, the funniest thing I’ve learned during my ongoing journey to become a scientist is that a lot of people think that this career is only right for a specific portion of the population. And I have to tell you right now that this is not true. The next time you look at something (it can be in nature, but also in your kitchen) and you think about a question… there you go… you have just been upgraded to a scientist. Isn’t that just crazy? What we do every day is to look, question, test, analyze the results (which… we are usually wrong) and repeat! Sometimes, when our thinking is just crazy enough, we end it up discovering something new, which will help someone else discover something new, and the circle goes on… and that is the beauty of being a scientist!
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