Trainee at GlycoNet: Elizabeth Steves

Posted: February 1, 2018

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

I am a master’s student, working to complete my degree in Dr. Margo Moore’s Lab at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Which project do you work on?

The project I work on focuses on characterizing sialidases in pathogenic fungi, particularly in Aspergillus fumigatus. We are interested in identifying potential drug targets that are well suited for small molecule inhibition.

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

I have attended the Symposiums in 2016 and 2017, and they have been great. GlycoNet sets the bar high for their conferences. They are well organized and are in a great location. It is interesting and exciting to see what other research GlycoNet is involved with, to chat with new friends over their various research topics, and to possibly get some good ideas or advice on your research. I look forward to the 2018 conference!

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I am very interested in teaching science in a post-secondary institution. Scientific literacy is very important to me, and my goal is to engage with students and my local community about scientific concepts, focusing on presenting complex topics in a clear and interesting way. There is a beauty and often simplicity in science that can get lost in the details, and my goal is to engage and excite the next generation.

Based on your experience what advice would you give to junior trainees?

Take advantage of whatever opportunities come your way; you will likely learn valuable skills or lessons, that can translate into assets on your resume. Also, don’t hesitate to discuss your ideas with others!

Let us know if there is something else that you would like to share about yourself or your experience as a GlycoNet trainee?

I couldn’t imagine the skill set that I would acquire while working on this project. Characterizing novel sialidases requires approaching ideas from various angles, and this has led to using many different scientific techniques. I feel very lucky to have been given such an opportunity!

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