Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Computational Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University
I would like to thank the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for awarding me the GSA Travel Award. With the help of the award, I attended the first Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society of Canada from July 17 – 19th at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (BSC). In the meeting, I presented my thesis research on cyclic nucleotide signaling in the regulation of cardiac excitation-contraction coupling using a computational model, titled “Mechanisms of Phosphodiesterase Interactions in Cardiac Cyclic Nucleotide Cross-Talk Signaling Network”. My poster received many interests from the attendees. I had the great opportunity to discuss my thesis from various perspectives with researchers from a wide range of specializations.
Biophysics research is truly gaining momentum in Canada – an expansion that is marked by this historical first meeting of the BSC. It was great to see researchers gathering from many countries to exchange their research ideas. Topics presented ranged from Biophysical Methods, Experiments and Instrumentation, Nanotechnology, Molecular Biophysics, Biotechnology, to Theoretical Modeling. I learned a lot from the meeting and related others’ research to my current thesis work. The meeting was also a great networking event, as I met with editors of journals, researchers from many university, and exhibitors and sponsors from various organizations. The meeting was a valuable experience for me and I thank the GSA for making it possible.