Trainee at GlycoNet: Olga Ovchinnikova

Posted: October 2, 2018

Where do you work, what is your position and who is your supervisor?

I am a research associate at the University of Guelph. My supervisor is Professor Chris Whitfield.

Which project do you work on?

I am involved in high-throughput screening for small molecule inhibitors of Kdo glycosyltransferase, which is essential for bacterial capsule biosynthesis. I also work on biochemical characterization of other Kdo transferases from various bacteria.

If you have previously attended the AGM/Symposium, what was your experience?

I have attended the AGM and Symposia three times since 2016 and each time it was a great experience! It’s a great chance to meet collaborators in person. I enjoy the professional development workshops, but also appreciate being able to attend the AGM session. I think the Rocky Mountains backdrop is a nice touch that makes these events very memorable.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I have been working in the Whitfield lab for four years now. Although I really enjoy my work, I may consider a more permanent position in industry in the future.”

What is your favourite quote?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin. For me, this applies to virtually all aspects of life. I like to plan ahead and be prepared!

Is there anything interesting that you would like to share about yourself, such as any sports that you enjoy, talents you have, and/or what you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love decorating my house and making needle felted animals. I also like to do hot yoga, especially in the winter time.

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