CO-OP Student of the Month of March 2020
Faculty of Engineering - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
Four years ago, before I moved to Canada, I would have never imagined that before I graduated from university I would have had the opportunity to work in two of the leading research institutes, both in the private and academic sectors. For my first two CO-OP terms, I had the opportunity to work at the Bionanomaterials, Chemistry, and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. I worked in projects to develop biomaterials for cardiac tissue regeneration, photoactive materials for sutureless wound closure, and devices for the stimulation of cells in vitro. During my two terms working there, I got to work alongside great scientists, engineers, physicians, and fellow researchers in multiple projects that would ignite my passion for research.
After these two placements, I knew that I had a passion for research, but I wanted to experience the other side of it and work for a private research institute. This became a reality through my last two consecutive CO-OP terms, during which I worked in the Research and Development department at Abbott Point of Care. I had the unique experience to work in the development of a new device that will help detect Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) through a simple blood test. During those 8 months, I worked in the development of medical devices and contributed to improving the accuracy and quality of the TBI cartridges. The mentorship and support I received from the TBI and R&D teams helped me grow as an engineer, researcher, and more importantly as an individual.
My experiences at the Heart Institute and at Abbott influenced the decisions I am making for my future and helped me find my passion professionally.