This award means a lot to me and encourages me in all of my pursuits, and inspires me to follow my passion in science. It also means my hard work has paid off, and other scientists are recognizing my research. All in all, it is a beautiful final touch to my Ph.D. study.
Ph.D. Biology, 2020
Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie | Supervisor: Annie Castonguay
What brought you to INRS? What do you take away from your experience?
INRS is a multicultural university and is an ideal place for international students to pursue their graduate studies. It is recognized for the excellence of its research programs. I always liked to follow my graduate study in a multidisciplinary research group to explore and learn different techniques by being involved in various projects. One of my motivations to join the Castonguay team at INRS was the fascinating research topic that includes both chemistry and biology. As a Ph.D. student in biology with a previous research background in chemistry, I had the chance to expand my knowledge and broaden my horizons. Besides, INRS gave me the luxury of working with people from different cultures and helped me make friends with researchers from various countries. Studying in INRS and living my Ph.D. life in Montreal was a fantastic experience with French-Canadian culture that for sure I will never forget.
Can you describe the issue and the impact of the research presented in your doctoral thesis?
My Ph.D. thesis project was in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. The main focus of this interdisciplinary Ph.D. project was directed towards the design of novel ruthenium-based species to treat breast cancer. Our investigations showed that some ruthenium complexes bearing an enzyme inhibitor could be considered potential candidates for breast cancer treatment. Most of the ruthenium complexes investigated in our study showed a more significant therapeutic effect and a lower in vivo toxicity than the currently used anticancer drug (cisplatin). Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women in Canada and worldwide. I hope the results I obtained during my Ph.D. study can help scientists find more efficient treatments for this type of cancer.
What does winning this award mean to you?
I am so honored to have been selected for the best thesis award, and it was a delightful moment when I received the email regarding winning the award. I would like to thank the committee for selecting my thesis for this award and my supervisor, professor Annie Castonguay, for her dedicated support and guidance. This award means a lot to me and encourages me in all of my pursuits, and inspires me to follow my passion in science. It also means my hard work has paid off, and other scientists are recognizing my research. All in all, it is a beautiful final touch to my Ph.D. study.
What’s the next chapter for you now that you graduate?
Studying in the Castonguay research group at INRS has provided many opportunities for me. I had the chance to work on my Ph.D. thesis project and establish collaborations with excellent scientists from other research groups and participate in different organizations and conferences that all helped me broaden my scientific knowledge and improve my organization leadership skills. After graduation, the next chapter for me is to apply what I have learned during my study in the industry. I am currently working as a Scientist-Product Developer in the industry to implement my knowledge and experience to design high-quality products. I will keep my scientific expedition by learning new skills and passing the knowledge I acquired to other people.