Matt Parker - Biochemistry and Microbiology
Originally from the East Coast, Matt Parker is a PhD student in biochemistry and microbiology. He was drawn to UVic because of the research his supervisor was involved in and the quality of life in BC.
Matt previously completed his Bachelor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Honours. When asked what compelled him to pursue further education, he replied, “I found when I carried out research in a lab I was driven and interested in what I was doing. The honours was extremely valuable in showing me what research was like.”
Matt has received a great deal of support from his supervisor and department and received graduate awards. He finds his research and the freedom to pursue his interests in this area are the most exciting aspects of his work at UVic.
Once he has his PhD, Matt plans on continuing to pursue his research interests. His advice to future students would be to “fully investigate the program and the research before entering. Reading a potential supervisor’s research before you apply is invaluable in attaining a spot and knowing what you are getting yourself into.”
Find out more about the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology.