Focus on Our Trainees

What is it like to train at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), and what can you accomplish as a research trainee in this many-faceted environment? To give an idea of the variety of experiences at your fingertips, we publish new kudos items regularly, along with the profiles of students and postdoctoral fellows below.

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Research trainee Jenna Wong uses big data to answer big questions about health

Few doctoral students get to see one of their research papers covered by dozens of media outlets. However, when epidemiology student...

Doctoral student Necola Guerrina: Connecting basic respiratory research with clinical needs

Necola Guerrina is unlikely to become the stereotypical solitary scientist. This doctoral student in pathology has a talent for communication and collaboration...

Isabelle Laverdière charts a career as a clinician-researcher in pharmacy in Quebec

Isabelle Laverdière has followed a rich and somewhat unusual career path in Quebec health care. She spent seven years working as a clinical pharmacist in pediatrics and two...

PhD candidate Sandra Magalhaes: learning from the real world before a career in academia

When she finished her Masters in Epidemiology degree at the University of Western Ontario, Sandra Magalhaes decided to take a step out of the academic environment and get some real-world experience.

Simon Clavagnier, a young researcher fascinated by thought and human perception

It was through networking that postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience Simon Clavagnier joined the McGill Vision Research Unit, led by Dr. Robert Hess of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in 2009.

The bright mind and curious spirit of young researcher Constantina Boikos

Constantina Boikos is a 25 year-old PhD Epidemiology candidate working in the field of Public Health at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Insatiably curious, she is always searching for new angles to approach her research.

A means to an end: PhD research student Steven Jones aims for career in public health

PhD candidate Steven Jones seems to have found the "right fit" for him in Dr. Martine Culty's lab which is part of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) at the Glen site. After earning a BSc at the McGill School of Environment and a Master's at INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)...

Priyanka Sehgal turns fascination with science into an opportunity to make an impact on cancer research

At the beginning of her undergraduate studies in Biology in Bhopal, India, post-doctoral fellow Priyanka Sehgal didn't know if she had a flair for research or not. But as time went on, she says opportunities just kept presenting themselves and her fascination with research just kept pulling her in.

Alessandra Ricciardi, a passion for research and for sharing knowledge

As a teenager, 26-year-old Alessandra Ricciardi found infectious diseases "really cool", so she applied to study Biological Sciences as an undergraduate student. But it was the concrete experience of working in a lab during her studies that propelled her into research.

A live wire: Getting to know doctoral student Vedrana Cvetkovska

There are no crossed wires when discussing doctoral student Vedrana Cvetkovska's enthusiasm for science. "Since I was young, I have always been curious about nature and the interactions between animals," she says. "I was full of questions and wanted to know how we were all connected."