Rubaiyat-Jabeen
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Rubaiyat Jabeen, Education – Culture behind Writing: An Inquiry into the Challenges and Cultural Influences on Second Language Writing in the Canadian Academic Context

Starting off with discussing Queen’s first International Education Week and why this event was such a good match to Rubaiyat’s own research. The purpose of her study is to investigate the influence of first language (L1) and individual culture of multilingual international undergraduate students (MIUS) on their academic English language (L2) writing, and how best to […]

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Laura Szczyrba
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Laura Szczyrba, Geological Sciences – Nearshore Surf Zone Wave Angle Variability and Hydrodynamics

Laura’s research at Queen’s combines numerical modeling, remote sensing, and in-situ observational data to offer a more comprehensive understanding of the coastal nearshore environment especially during coastal storm events, such as hurricanes. For upcoming interviews check out the Grad Chap webpage on Queen’s University School of Graduate Stud ies website – https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/grad-chat

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Quentin Tsang, Translational Medicine
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Quentin Tsang (Translational Medicine) – Using cannabinoids to reduce opioid dosage to treat abdominal pain in inflammatory bowel disease.

Canada has the highest prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world; 1 in 140 Canadians suffer from the disease. One of the most common and debilitating symptoms of IBD is abdominal pain. Traditionally, opioids are used to manage pain. While effective, they are accompanied by severe side effects (e.g., addiction and increased risk […]

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PHoto of Yuxi Zhang
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Yuxi Zhang, PhD in Biomedical Engineering: Reducing the Foreign Body Immune Response towards Biomaterial

Overview: My research topic is around the foreign body reaction (FBR) which describes a patient’s biological response to an implanted material or device, and includes tissue injury, blood-material interactions, provisional matrix formation, acute and chronic inflammation, and fibrous matrix deposition surrounding the implant. The inflammatory response to the implant can impair its performance and lifespan. This research […]

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Megan McAllister PhD in Kinesiology & Health Studies – Biomechanics and Neuromechanics

Overview:  I am interested in understanding how and why people walk the way they do. I leverage robotic exoskeletons to change people’s natural way of walking, and I investigate how they adapt to this new environment. I am also the manager of the Queen’s Ergonomics Consulting Program (QECP), and we conduct ergonomic assessments for Queen’s staff and […]

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Interviewee - Sereena McDonald
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Sareena McDonald MSc in Epidemiology – Measuring race as a variable in epidemiological research

“In response to ongoing and systemic Racism in both Canada and the United States, students within the Queen’s University Department of Public Health Sciences expressed interest in improving our understanding of Racist Policy in epidemiology and public health.  With this, we decided to form the Racial Considerations in Epidemiology (RaCE) Task Force, where we could […]

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