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We publish a student or postodoctoral fellow's profile at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) on a monthly basis. It gives you a taste of what it is like to train at the RI-MUHC, what you can accomplish as a research student, and the various experiences that are at your finger tips.

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  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 years as operational coordinator in the pharmacy department at the Centre mère-enfant Soleil of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval in Quebec City. Read more

  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. Read more

  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. Read more

  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. 
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  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)... Read more

  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. Read more


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. Read more


A live wire: Getting to know doctoral student Vedrana Cvetkovska                            
By Christine Zeindler                      

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." Read more