The photo shows Rochelin Dalangin – mentor and team advisor for UAlberta iGEM team
10 Quick Questions for Rochelin
- How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Um, probably something along the lines of: “I’m a sugar-loving workaholic that enjoys puzzling over intellectual challenges with like-minded people.”
- What do you love the most about your work/school?
I like that while there are routines and standardized workflows for my research, no two days are really the same, and that I know that the products of what we do can be directly used to study the brain further.
- What is your best accomplishment so far?
As an undergrad, I’ve gotten into something like a groove or a routine, so when I started grad school, I told myself I’d try to push my comfort zone more, and I think that as a result of what I’ve done, I’ve grown and learned more about myself.
- What is something you are working towards right now?
My projects are all based on developing fluorescent protein-based indicators for neurotransmission, so I’m working on a few indicators for different neurotransmitters.
- How do you like to spend your downtime?
I enjoy live theatre, and I like travelling. There aren’t too many shows that come to Edmonton, so pretty much all my vacations involve going somewhere that has a show that I really want to see. Otherwise, I tend to hunt around the city looking for good food, or at home, catching up on sleep, reading, and of course, Netflix.
- What is something you can’t imagine your life without?
Besides caffeine? Music, most definitely. I’m always connected to my earphones.
- What is one thing that people will be surprised to hear about you?
That I’m an introvert.
- What is something you are afraid of?
- What would you like your work to be ten years from now?
I’d like to keep doing research. I was a neuroscience major, and I remain highly interested in it (especially with addiction and memory), so I’d like my future work to kind of be a blend of my current research and memory/addiction. I haven’t figured out much beyond that though!
- What is one thing you appreciate about geekStarter?
I appreciate that geekStarter goes above and beyond in the level of support that it provides to these initiatives. iGEM, for example, would be a hard thing to get into without much background knowledge, and yet, with geekStarter’s support, we have many teams whose first exposure to molecular bio/synthetic bio is right when they start iGEM.