Trainee at GlycoNet: Emily Wilson

Posted: November 1, 2016

I am currently working as a research technician in the Weadge lab at Wilfrid Laurier University. I came across this opportunity after completing my masters with Dr. Weadge in August 2015. My project is focused on investigating the acetylation of bacterial cellulose by a periplasmic protein, WssI. One thing I have found interesting bridging between my masters project and my current project is that a simple modification in the sugar chain of an exopolymeric substance can make a large difference in the properties of a bacterial biofilm. Before I began my own research I worked in another lab as a student volunteer, purifying protein. I feel as though this experience gave me a push in the direction of research as I wanted to learn more techniques in the lab and became more curious about how research is performed beyond what I learned through my undergraduate courses. Although the hours in lab can be long, and can limit my social life, I feel as though researching has been a good fit in my life. It is worth it to drone through countless failed experiments as it makes the successes all that more exciting. Outside the lab I enjoy rock climbing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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