Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Co-op Specialist. I chose it because I am interested in biology and my mother thought it would be a good idea to do a co-op degree. I'm currently strongly considering medicine, but also grad school.
Right now, I am involved in sequencing Hanta Virus strains in order to determine what kind of diversity is in Canada, mainly Western Canada, and to maybe link geographic diversity to answer some questions about the virus and its pathogenicity. What drew me to it was that it is the only biosafety level 4 laboratory in the country, they were involved in creating the Ebola virus vaccine during the 2014 outbreak, and have also been involved with many other things like SARS and H1N1. It's arguably the biggest microbiology laboratory in Canada.
I go to work, I will extract Hanta virus RNA and will perform PCR trying to amplify the M and S segments of the virus. If I succeed, I clean up the DNA and then send it for sequencing. I also help out others around the lab with projects they're working on.
Moving back here was pretty easy, although I definitely miss Toronto a lot. I was definitely excited to start work!
Well since I've lived here for 18 years I already have an established friend group and know what to do, so everything is pretty good. I just don't have much time between work and studying for the MCAT!
Definitely The Forks. It's a beautiful area at the city centre. Osborne Village also has many great bars and places to eat, like Baked Expectations. Assiniboine Park is a very nice place to just relax, and if you're into zoos, we have a really cool polar bear exhibit.
In order to make the most of it, you need to get to know the people you're working with and go out. Make some friends. Otherwise you'll be sat doing nothing but work and chilling and won't be able to make the most of the city.