I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UWaterloo. Currently, I am getting trained at Dr. Martin’s lab in molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology techniques. Recently, I worked as a Student Researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying the impact of glycoside hydrolases on biofilm development. My future goal is to pursue research in drug design and nanotechnology.
I'm a 4th year biochemistry co-op student who loves to learn about the dysfunction of essential cell processes and how that manifests in disease. Particularly, I'm excited to be working in the Martin Lab as an NSERC USRA student to learn more about how palmitoylation is involved in the regulation of autophagy, and how this is process can be disrupted in neurodegenerative diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Huntington's disease. Outside of the lab, I am the captain of UW's cross-country team and I also love hiking, mountain biking, trivia and cheering on the Leafs!
I am a research student going into my third year of studies at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I am interested in research because I believe that innovation and self-learning is very important to the field of science. I believe research is very broad and can help one gain a deeper understanding of scientific processes. From research I want to gain the hands on experience in laboratory work, as well as develop more knowledge and skills required to work in the science field.
Rachel is a BIOL499 Honours Student studying the role of fatty acylation of Small VCP interacting protein (SVIP) and how it regulates its interaction with Valosin Containing Protein.
Lucia is a MSc student studying the conservation of palmitoylation in autophagy, with a focus on neurodegeneration.