Thesis Talk Thursday


Thesis Talk Thursday is a wonderful opportunity to share stories about the amazing research being done by graduate students at the University of Calgary. Every Thursday graduate students from different faculties and departments will be highlighted across all GSA social media channels. The students will be highlighted through videos, podcasts, or photos with a description of their research. If you are interested in sharing what your research is about or would like to recommend a graduate student who you think should be highlighted please email Alex Paquette, GSA VP Academic, at vpa.gsa@ucalgary.ca or fill out the form below.

December 3, 2020

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Nervous system has always fascinated me and during my MS in bioinformatics, I fell in love with the world of data analysis, coding and statistics. Being able to kills two birds with a stone (pursue two passions as my PhD work) is more than what a scientist would ask for. Further, I work in the lab with extremely supportive supervisor and friends, adding icing to the cake.

What is your research about?

Schwann cells are repair cells of peripheral nervous system. However, this repair is insufficient to heal a nerve injury completely after injury. Current medical interventions include surgical repair which are invasive and extremely painful. I am looking at skin-derived Schwann cells as an alternative source of Schwann cells, so we can utilize autologous Schwann cells to improve nerve repair. For this, I am comparing transcriptomic profile of skin-derived and nerve- Schwann cells and asking if they are transcriptomically equivalent. The next step would be to assess if they are functionally equivalent, that is equivalently capable of improving nerve repair. If found equivalent, this could mean that the functional outcome, and thus quality of  of millions of patients will improve every year, they will not be looking at permanent disability and best of all, all this without undergoing painful surgical repair procedure.

How do you do your research?

For my research, I utilize single-cell RNA sequencing approach. Basically, we can access mRNA information and thus, gene expression level of individual genes in a cell. Thus, we can access individual cell-types in a tissue of interest. I utilize pipelines primarily in R and Python languages in combination with statistical analysis and perform comparison between different cell types (in this case, skin-derived and nerve- Schwann cells) in order answer the biological question.

What is the implication of your research?

My research will introduce new therapeutic intervention of utilizing autologous skin-derived Schwann cells for nerve repair which is non-invasive and not as painful as surgical intervention.

Further, my work will also help improve functional outcome and thus quality of life of millions of people who may otherwise live in permanent disability due to peripheral injury.

Kabita's research story

November 26, 2020

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Durga's research story

November 19, 2020

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Deborah's research story

November 12, 2020

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Walaa's research story

November 5, 2020

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Kelsey's research story
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October 29, 2020

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Rachel's research story

October 22, 2020

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Jacob's research story
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October 15, 2020

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Harrison's research story

October 8, 2020

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Samiha's research story

October 1, 2020

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Matiram's research story

September 24, 2020

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Maroro's research story
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September 17, 2020

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Glenn's research story
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September 10, 2020

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Owen's research story
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September 3, 2020

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Brielle's research story

August 27, 2020

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Suzie's research story

August 20, 2020

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Jackie's research story

August 13, 2020

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Dohyun's research story

August 6, 2020

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