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Samantha Grist has been awarded the esteemed Killam Doctoral Fellowship by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowships are awarded every year to the most exceptional doctoral degree candidates at UBC. The fellowships are the University’s most prestigious merit-based graduate award. Samantha is pursuing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Karen Cheung and Dr. Lukas Chrostowski in the area of Microsystems and Nanotechnoloy.
Samantha’s research centers on optical oxygen sensors and their ability as a powerful tool to calculate the effects of oxygen concentrations on cell behavior, cell viability and drug effectiveness. Since the presence and concentration of oxygen has a large impact in biological systems, this research is crucial, and has wide-spread implications, for research in areas such as differentiation of stem cells or growth of tumor cells.
Optical Oxygen Sensors for Applications in Microfluidic Cell Culture – Samantha’s article in Sensors (2010)