SFU Undergrad Researchers: Jennifer Yi

Next up in our series of brilliant SFU researchers, we have Jennifer Yi of the Faculty of Health Sciences!

Name: Jennifer Yi
Year: First Year
Major: Health Sciences, Concetration in Life Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Glen Tibbits


Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to work in the healthcare system or work with World Health Organization.


Q: How did you get involved in research?
A: I got involved in research through a science fair project on Type 2 Diabetes and Interleukin 6 at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute two years ago. I wanted to keep conducting scientific research at a lab at SFU so I applied for a NSERC USRA at Dr. Tibbits’ lab in the SFU Molecular Cardiac Physiology Group this semester.


Q: What will you be working on this summer? 
A: I will be working on a project trying to detail how a TNNI mutation may be related to sudden unexpected death in infants in terms of causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by arrhythmia.


Q: What have you been working on in your research so far? (What is your research about?)
A: So far, I have been busy catching up on knowledge about cardiomyocytes for this summer and learning how to use CRISPR, which is very exciting.


Q: What’s your favourite course that you have taken so far in your degree?
A: BISC101: Dr. Megan Barker made this course the best one I’ve taken out of all my classes at SFU.