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Student Profile: Keenan Elliott

February 22, 2022
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Biological Science master's student in the Faculty of Science

I am originally from Ontario. I moved to BC for my undergrad to study MBB and compete with the SFU swim team. After graduation, I enrolled in graduate school researching parasitology with the Lownenberger lab. I spend my free time in the mountains, climbing, skiing, and adventuring.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose to come to SFU for my undergraduate degree to compete in the NCAA and experience BC! After completing my degree, I loved the school and decided to return for graduate studies.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I research dengue virus replication and transmission in the mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. Dengue virus is a significant public health concern worldwide and is the most prevalent viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. Our group works to identify factors that impact viral success. Specifically, my research focuses on cellular and metabolic changes that help or hinder viral replication.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I love how diverse the research is at SFU and how closely the different departments work together. There is always support for any issues you may encounter!

 

Contact : Keenane@sfu.ca

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