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From Nigeria to Canada: Priye's impact as a stem cell researcher

testimonial • October 11, 2023

Priye is an international Ph.D candidate from Nigeria who conducts stem cell research in Canada. Find out why she decided to conduct research in Vancouver, British Columbia, why right now is a really exciting time to study regenerative medicine, and the advice she has for international students looking to make an impact in the field.

“My Canadian work experience and research experience has helped prepare me for the future because I've had the opportunity to work in collaboration with a lot of amazing scientists.”

— Priye Iworima
PhD candidate in stem cells
Video transcript

My name is Priye Iworima and I am a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, where I study research on diabetes diabetes. Growing up as a little child in Nigeria, I always knew I wanted to be in the sciences.

Why did I choose Canada?

I had friends that were in Canada.

They talked about the science that went on in Canada, how innovative it, it was, and the expertise that Canada had.

... and the rest is history.

Diabetes is a global disease that is affecting hundreds of millions of people.

And these cells that we're making, we hope one day will help ease the burden of living with diabetes.

Some advice I would give to students that want to come to Canada to study [regenerative medicine] are really do the homework.

Do your research

[...] Push yourself outside your comfort zone [...]

[...] Because you really never know who you're talking to and how they can impact your life in the future or how you can impact their life in the future.

Regenerative medicine right now is a really exciting time.

And you have the opportunity to collaborate with a lot of people as well.

So that really pushes the science and the research further. We are really not an island here.

So It made sense for me to come to a place like here and I really loved that decision.

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