December 08, 2020
Meet Geneskool Volunteer Aaron Liu!
What are you studying at university?
I’m currently finishing up my PhD in Experimental Medicine. The focus of my research has been Infectious Disease and Vaccines using next-generation sequencing technologies, but lately my research has focused on understanding the role of previous coronavirus exposures and the immune response to those exposed to SARS-CoV-2.
When did you first become interested in science?
I have loved science ever since high school, with my most memorable experience being a trip our class took to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, where we got to dive into understanding field work. Although the focus of my research has changed, the lessons from ecology have been valuable as a systems biologist in understanding networks of gene interactions.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Volunteering has really allowed me to become a multi-dimensional person. With Genome BC, I have been able to hone in on skills that would not be easy for me to do as a researcher and develop outside my academic endeavours, while discovering more about myself and things I am passionate about.
What was the most fun/inspiring/exciting moment so far as a Geneskool Volunteer?
Travelling to Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Dawson, having students ask us questions about research and talk about their interests in science and how they want to combine their passions and hobbies into a career for themselves. For me, to see students have a flexible view of science and how it can be a part of their journey is the most rewarding and inspiring moment for me. It has really helped shaped my career and has allowed me to find where I can continue to contribute to science and education.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring scientist?
Let your personality show! There’s no such thing as a prototypical “scientist” or “academic”.
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