Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Crystal Leung (2007)

After graduation, Crystal worked at the James Hogg Research Center as a Research Technician in the Cardiovascular Registry/Histology Departments. Currently, she is in her first year of studies in the prestigious Pathologists’ Assistant Program (Master of Health Science degree) at Duke University in North Carolina.

“BMLSc played a significant role in preparing for my previous employment and my current studies.  BMLSc enhanced my passion for pathology and histology.  I had solid educational background and practical experience to allow me to take on my roles as a research technician.  What I have learned and the course load of BMLSc prepared me for the intense and in-depth courses in the Pathologist’s Assistant Program. Most valuable was the diverse educational experience ranging from all aspects of pathology/histology to how to write a grant and give a presentation. I really enjoyed the small intimate class size that made our learning more personalized, and the lecturers who had different areas of expertise.  I’ve gained life-long friendships from this program. Although the two years of BMLSc studies was intense with many things going on, it was very enjoyable and I would totally do it all over again!”

Shayan Shakeraneh (2007)

Shayan entered the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at UBC, where he is currently in his final year. He was the recipient of the Standing Tall Award from Coast Capital Savings for demonstrating courage, determination, and resiliency in overcoming significant personal challenges to achieve his education.

“The courses I took for my BMLSc degree corresponded precisely with my interests. They gave me an opportunity to explore various topics of study in a close-knit setting. The topics of study ignited a passion for public health and medicine and encouraged me to continue my studies. My most valuable experience was the mental exercise of critical thinking that I practiced consistently throughout my degree. This training has been proven valuable in my daily life, in any context, and in my current academic life. What I enjoyed the most about this program was the intimate academic environment. I benefited greatly from small group work which paved the way for many close friendships that I maintain to this day.”

Dylan Thomas (2006)

After obtaining his BMLSc, Dylan worked as a technologist at the UBC Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics before deciding to pursue graduate studies in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, where he is currently a PhD student. He holds a four-year fellowship, is a presiding officer for the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada, and is involved in research on the biophysical interactions and catalytic activity of a family of enzymes involved in epigenetic regulation.

“I enjoyed the unique, pathology-centered BMLSc curriculum.  The course and lab work imparts a set of skills useful to both those that wish to pursue graduate research or medicine. Aside from having a strong, practical laboratory component, the BMLSc program teaches the very useful (and undervalued) skill of effective instruction and communication.  Training in the ability to critically analyze and then present studied concepts in a comprehensible form is a skill that is not only essential in science, but nearly all walks of life.

I was presented with a learning environment that was both non-threatening and fostered teamwork.  The program is filled with knowledgeable people who are not shy about lending their expertise… there are many helpful faculty members who are genuinely concerned about the future of their students.”

Challayne Kenney (née Smith) (2006)

Challayne continued to work for the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (GPEC) as a lab technologist after graduation from the BMLSc Program, eventually working her way up to lab manager.  She completed a Masters of Health Education degree at SFU and is currently Coordinator for Self-Management Programs for the Northern Health Region. Her focus is support for improving the quality of life for people living with chronic health conditions.

“The BMLSc Program gave me a skill set that is a solid foundation for graduate studies and the working world.  It helped teach me how to be a critical thinker, as well as giving me a broad knowledge base of the pathophysiology of disease, research methods and theory of laboratory techniques.  In addition, the intimate class size provided invaluable one-on-one time with professors.  I really appreciated being able to get to know them, as well as for them to get to know me.  The support and insight I have gained from the Program’s faculty members is immeasurable.”