Claire Wunker, Institute of Medical Science

Claire WunkerClaire Wunker Year of Study: 1st
Student’s Name: Claire Wunker

Graduate Department: Institute of Medical Science
Country of Residence: Canada

Why Faculty of Medicine: The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is one with a long and prestigious history. They are associated with significant medical research and I wanted to be a part of that. Also, as a surgical resident, medicine is near and dear to my heart. I love working with patients and seeing the value that I can provide as a physician. But before physicians can provide treatment we need treatment options and to have those we need research. For each treatment there are years of basic science and translational research that occur and I think it is important to understand that research to be able to fully inform patients on their options. The best way to learn is by doing and so here I am!

Why this Department: The institute of Medical Science is a great crossroads between basic, translational, and clinical research. It allows me to participate in all of these with a clinician scientist, Dr. Rebecca Gladdy, who loves all aspects of her work and instills that love in her graduate students.

Current Research Experience: I work in the Gladdy Laboratory studying novel treatments for rhabdomyosarcoma and characterizing the tumor microenvironment for possible treatment options. Our lab studies a variety of sarcoma subtypes and so I also work on projects involving angiosarcoma, and leiomyosarcoma, as well as our tumor banking from patient specimens.

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals: After completing my degree I plan to return to my surgery residency. I will then be applying to a pediatric surgery fellowship. My dream hospital is here in Toronto at SickKids. I hope to one day continue research as a pediatric surgeon scientist.

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