Sia Cecilia Jan-Abu, 2019 CBR-SBME Summer Research Student

Project: Modulation of the Immune System as possible therapy for Muscular Dystrophy
Supervisor: Dr. Kelly McNagny

Sia Cecilia Jan-Abu at CBR Research Day 2019.

“I am extremely grateful to be part of the 2019 cohort to receive the CBR/SBME summer studentship award. Before this summer I knew very little about research and academics outside of the classroom, but I have now found a new/renewed love for science and research. I did my summer research project titled “Modulation of the Immune System as possible therapy for Muscular Dystrophy” in the McNagny Lab (Biomedical Research Centre). This project allowed me to develop a hypothesis and follow through with experiments. I learnt the importance of paying attention to detail and time management especially when planning and conducting sensitive experiments. But I think some of the most valuable lessons I learnt this summer were learnt out of the lab. Being able to prepare and present my work to my peers and other scientists at the CBR Research Day was very beneficial. It was not only great practice of my presentation skills, but it tested my understanding of the work I had done, and I am so honoured to have been awarded best presenter. Furthermore, attending scientific conferences and meetings added another layer to an already holistic experience. I truly appreciate all the CBR/SBME staff and the McNagny lab for all their amazing support and direction.”