Samantha Grist has been awarded the Killam Doctoral Fellowship by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowships are awarded every year to exceptional doctoral degree candidates at UBC. The fellowships are the University’s most prestigious merit-based graduate award.
Grist is pursuing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Karen Cheung and Asst. Prof. Lukas Chrostowski in the area of microsystems and nanotechnoloy. Her research centers on optical oxygen sensors and their ability as a powerful tool to calculate the effects of oxygen concentrations on cell behavior, cell viability and drug effectiveness. Since the presence and concentration of oxygen has a large impact in biological systems, this research is crucial for research in areas such as differentiation of stem cells or growth of tumor cells.
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