Graduate Program: PhD
Supervisor: Yousry A. El-Kassaby
Country of Origin: China
Why did you choose UBC?
I was attracted to UBC because of the verdant campus, high profile academic spirit, versatile activities, and the state-of-the-art facilities, among others. I am currently immersing myself in academic research with energetic gumption and a tranquil mind.
My research project in Canada involves looking at seed dormancy across species. Plants produce offspring through sexual reproduction, and often the offspring are encased in a small protective package (seed) that is only equipped with a limited food supply. Interestingly, seeds will remain dormant without external food consumption until the exterior conditions are suitable for the seed to germinate. In this project, I am performing an in-depth analysis looking at the molecular regulation of seed dormancy in conifers and other species.
What has been the highlight of your experience?
From my experience UBC is devoted to a high quality of life. I frequently enjoy taking advantage of many of the facilities that UBC offers. I am very fortunate to be able to recharge myself in the libraries, skating, aquatic, or gym center. These activities contribute to my efficiency in the lab to generate and integrate ideas
In the future, I hope to become an excellent storyteller and recount my story in a vivid and insightful way.