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Lab skills in action at ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.

Vida Jovanovic

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.

Vida Jovanovic (front) doesn’t just study microbiology in the classroom; she’s spent her summer learning how to produce antibodies in a laboratory. The University of Victoria fourth-year microbiology student is on a co-op work term with ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. (IPA), a lab that specializes in the production of monoclonal antibodies used in a range of research from Alzheimer’s disease to aquaculture.

Vida is responsible for animal husbandry at IPA and also works closely with her supervisor, Teri Otto (back), in the tissue culture lab. “The lab work is directly tied to what I studied in my microbiology classes,” Vida says. “I’m feeling more comfortable in a laboratory setting and am  increasing my knowledge beyond what I’ve learned in lectures.” Vida is one of many UVic co-op students working with local employers on projects that benefit Greater Victoria and beyond.

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