Tamara Sandouka, HBSc

Graduate Student - PhD

HBSc, , University of Ottawa, Translational and Molecular Medicine

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What’s your background?

I am from Ottawa, Ontario. I completed by honour’s bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa in Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM). I joined the Hawkins lab because I believe in that research is evolving, and I know that I will have the opportunity to challenge myself and grow here.

Why science?

Science is the basis of everything, and the explanation to everything. Science provides feelings of intrigue, challenge, success, failure, community, and so much more. With every door opened there are a hundred that are shut behind it, but we keep pushing the boundaries and unravelling the marvellous complexity of this world.

Do you have any advice for someone interested in a career in research?

Be patient and keep pushing the boundaries, if it is easy, it would have already been done before. To be a researcher, you must truly love research and be willing to fail (it will happen a lot and that is perfectly normal!). You don’t have to know what comes after the master’s or PhD (none of us really do), all that matters is that you believe in what you are studying and can see where you will make your mark in the scientific community.

What do you like to do for leisure?

I am a martial artist who trains in Karate. I find that martial arts provides me with the discipline required for research and the ability to cope with failure. I also enjoy painting, badminton, and going to arcades/board game lounges.

Any song or book recommendations?

Piano Guys, best pop instrumental music for working

If someone were to make a movie about your life, what would the title be?

Small, but mighty