Nicole Revie, Molecular Genetics
Year of Study: 3
Student Name: Nicole Revie
Graduate Department: Molecular Genetics
Country of Residence: Canada
Why Faculty of Medicine?
I chose the Faculty of Medicine at U of T because they are world renowned for their collaborative medical research across diverse fields of study. I wanted to conduct my PhD research in a Faculty that truly is "boundless" with respect to the partnerships that can be built and scientific challenges that can be overcome.
Why this Department?
The Department of Molecular Genetics has a vibrant community of over 100 research faculty researching everything from stem cell biology to bacterial pathogenesis. One major reason I chose this department is due to the rotation system, which allowed me to sample these diverse areas of research before settling into my lab of choice. Another aspect that drew me to this department was its alumni that have ended up in a multitude of scientific careers, including those in and outside of academia.
Current Research Experience
My research focuses on identifying novel antifungal drugs that can be used as combination therapies against the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans. Currently, our very limited arsenal of antifungal drugs is being threatened by the emergence of drug resistance. As eukaryotic fungal pathogens are genetically similar to humans, it is often difficult to identify novel drugs without toxic effects. Therefore, combination therapy allows us to extend the life of existing antifungals by combining them with compounds that provide enhanced activity and specificity against fungal pathogens.
Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals
In whatever career I end up in, I want to be able to apply my science communication, and critical thinking skills earned in my degree. I aim to pursue a career in medical writing and/or scientific consulting in non-academic fields, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or health policy. As long as I get the opportunity to think about science and work with scientific data in my day-to-day life, I will be a happy camper.
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