Congratulations to Queen's Hons BSc graduates and former Monaghan Lab members Suba, Alex, and Ruxandra. I am so proud of these talented young women, who each contributed to our research program. As a SWEP and Hons thesis student, Suba worked on our BIK1 point mutagenesis project and generated higher-order mutants in an E3 ligase family we study. She's off to grad school at McGill University, after a summer project at U of T working on Drosophila cell biology with my former supervisor Julie Brill. Also as a SWEP and Hons thesis student, Alex worked on the CPK28 phosphocode project, generating over 30 clones in binary vectors, and testing transgenic lines. She is now considering multiple offers from Canadian law schools, potentially focusing on patent law. Ruxandra followed up some of Alex's work as a SWEP and research mentorship student, sequencing several constructs and genotyping insertion lines for other projects. She will be starting medical school at Western University in the fall, after spending several weeks travelling in Europe. All of these women have bright futures ahead and I look forward to learning what they accomplish.
Thank-you for your hard work, best of luck, and keep in touch!