Trainee at GlycoNet: Katarina Mandic

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

I am a Master of Chemistry student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON and I am supervised by Dr. Michael Suits.

Which project do you work on?

I am working on characterizing proteins from Porphyromonas gingivalis, a member of the bacterial triad called the ‘Red Complex’ responsible for the onset and progression of periodontal disease.

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

I attended the 2018 AGM/Symposium and I found it to be the perfect opportunity to not only practice presenting my research, but also get some input from researchers that I would not have normally crossed paths with. It was also very nice to learn about all the other research being conducted by fellow GlycoNet trainees.

What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is a latin proverb, “Aut inveniam viam aut faciam”. It translates to “I shall either find a way or make one” and I find it to resonate with all aspects of life. I think it is especially applicable in the realm of research, where determination and a certain level innovation is the key to success.

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