Cyril Li, BSc, CAPM, LSSGB

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

B.Sc, Human Biology, Cells and Systems Biology,

University of Toronto

Certified Associate in Project Management,

Project Management Institute 

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certification Planner accredited by IASSC

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What’s your background?

I was born and raised in China then came to Canada as an international student. While I was studying Human Biology and Cell & Systems Biology at University of Toronto, I have done several internships and gained work experience to explore for future career goals during my undergrad. Now I am working towards Project Management Professional while practising my skills from day-to-day work as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator at SickKids. 

Why science?

I have been and am still obsessed with life sciences since living lives are miracles to me and people always work together to solve mysteries in this field. And as part of the project management, I truly feel honoured to witness and support any scientific projects have been initiated, then gradually cultivated with teamwork, and finally they would produce impactful technologies to improve the well-being of the whole human race.

 

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

Be concentrated on the topic that interests you, but at the same time, be open to different voices to connect the dots by attending more knowledge sharing sections (conferences, virtual seminars, etc.) and volunteering.

What do you like to do for leisure?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, doing sports, exploring fusion food and café, handcrafting, and bugging my aunt’s dog Adam. And be an occasional couch potato watching TV.

Any song or book recommendations?

Songs:

California by Jackson Wang ft. 88rising, Rich Brian, NIKI, Warren Hue

Just the way you are by Bruno Mars

Shut down by Blackpink

Books:

“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Süskind

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari

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

X Factor: Mystery to be solved