After doing your undergraduate studies at U of T, what was it that made you decide to continue your graduate studies here in the Department of Chemistry?
During my undergraduate time at UofT, I took Professor Michael Thompson's class, Biosensors and Chemical Sensors (CHM414). I developed a great interest in the course material and Professor Thompson's research. Compared to my experience with other chemistry courses, his class was my absolute favourite. I realized I wanted to conduct research in analytical chemistry and join his group at the University of Toronto.
Where did your interest in chemistry come from?
My high school science class sparked my interest in chemistry. I enjoyed that chemistry could be understood and solved without the need to memorize. Learning about chemistry was especially enriching, as it felt like looking through a window into the universe. I realized that chemistry is everywhere.
During my undergraduate degree, I had an amazing opportunity to be an NSERC USRA student in Professor Dwight Seferos's group. Those four short months introduced me to research and graduate student life, and were integral to helping me recognize my academic direction. I developed a passion for research in chemistry and realized I needed to pursue graduate school.
Finally, as my father is a chemist, we have had countless scientific discussions since my childhood. His influence helped develop my love and curiosity for science.