I had an opportunity to be a featured alumni from the University of British Columbia. I wanted to share my profile with you here on my site.
Q: What was your first job after graduation?
My first job was a Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology at UBC, and at the time of this writing I am still in this position. I lead a collaborative initiative bringing together expertise from practicing clinicians, neuroscience researchers, legal professionals, and ethicists to improve the care for patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. My project ultimately aims to develop pragmatic guidelines for health care for Canadians with brain injury. This role gave me the opportunity to rediscover my interest in the clinical applications of health research and become engaged in conversations in bioethics across disciplinary boundaries. I am also the President of the UBC Postdoctoral Association and first editor in an upcoming volume entitled Ethical Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Q: If you weren’t in your current job field, what would you be doing?
In parallel to my academic position, I also write recipes and home kitchen recommendations for my food blog, Graceful Cuisine
that currently has a global outreach. I am also co-founder of Krimson Marketing
, a consulting firm to help businesses develop marketing strategies to engage clients and reach desired visibility. I launched these initiatives during my studentship as methods of generating alternate sources of income, and these experiences have allowed me to grow in my professional and personal endeavors. So, if I wasn’t in my current job field, I can picture myself expanding my food blog and possibly publishing recipe books and using these skills to show other entrepreneurs how to market their brand successfully.
Q: How do you make the best of all situations?
During any negative or uncomfortable situation, I try to remind myself that even this will pass. It may not always be possible to make the best of all situations at that moment, but it helps to have someone to unwind with in the aftermath of the event.
Q: What is your best memory from your time at UBC?
In my current capacity at UBC, I enjoy staying connected to the academic community. As President of the UBC Postdoctoral Association, I enjoy reaching out to my peers and envisioning ways to meet their professional needs to help them become successful upcoming leaders. I have many ideas on how to increase postdoctoral engagement on campus, and I enjoy collaborating with staff and faculty in various departments and seeing my ideas come to fruition. During my degree, I was based at the Vancouver General Hospital site of the Faculty of Medicine. Although I did not travel often to the main campus, I tried to make the most of getting involved with the university. I volunteered as a science mentor in the Tri-Mentoring Program
and met some of the most ambitious and intelligent undergraduate students. I attended professional development workshops and career events hosted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. I was excited about any opportunities to network with different people from various interests in fields other than my own. Making these connections was one of the best highlights about being involved at UBC.
Q: What is your dream job?
What is my dream job after my fellowship? I am currently interested in pursuing a role that uses my expertise in neuroscience and clinical ethics to build connections between stakeholders in government and business. Investor relations, medical liaison, and operations are descriptors that come to mind when I think of my dream job. On the other hand, my dream job outside my current field is a cross between New Zealand chef and host of World Kitchen Nici Wickes, and American chef and host of No Reservations Anthony Bourdain. I truly enjoy travelling because I naturally appreciate learning from and immersing myself in other cultures. My wide ranging experiences help me relate to people who come from various backgrounds and have taught me to empathize more and judge less. In my spare time, I dream of hosting a fast paced culture and travel show that showcases a wide variety of international cultural experiences that include how local individuals live, what they value, and of course, what’s on their dinner plate.
View this profile on the UBC Alumni website.