gradprofileMy name is Sarah McLean and I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Physiology. I grew up on a horse farm in rural Ontario, and had an interest in science at an early age. Following highschool, I received my Honours B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Also during my undergraduate degree, a family member passed away due to a rare autoimmune disease. As I discovered that there was little research being performed in this area, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in physiology to help contribute to medical research. Following several visits to the UWO campus and my interview with Dr. John Di Guglielmo, I knew I had found the lab for me.

My research in Dr. Di Guglielmo's lab focuses on protein-protein interactions in an important signaling pathway implicated in both cancer and fibrosis. Graduate school has been incredibly rewarding- I have had the opportunity to travel with my lab to international conferences, and have met many important researchers along the way. My research is funded by an OGS scholarship as well as CIHR, and Dr. Di Guglielmo is always encouraging his students to pursue new ideas in our research and scientific techniques. My lab mates and I have a lot of fun together, and I truly consider them to be like my second family.

1) Where did you grow up?gradprofile

I grew up on a horse farm in Southwestern Ontario, and attended high school in a small town of about 10 000 people.

2) Do you have any hobbies?

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, and reading horror novels by Stephen King. I can frequently be found at the gym on campus, and have also recently became interested in jewelry-making.

3) What was the last movie you saw?

The last movie that I saw was "Letters to Juliet". I'm not really one for the romantic movies, but I was on a plane back from Barcelona and didn't have much choice.

4) Where would you like your next vacation to be?

gradprofileMy husband and I are planning to attend the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. During our time overseas, we're also hoping to visit Scotland and Ireland. 

5) WHat is your idea of the perfect lazy day?

My perfect lazy day would involve sleeping in, followed by a day at the beach in Port Stanley. A sushi dinner and browsing Chapters would make it complete.

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