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Amelia Tjoa

Meet Amelia Tjoa

Faculty of Science | BSc in Microbiology & Immunology
Areas of Expertise
  • REX Program/First Year Opportunities
  • Experimental/Project Design
  • Co-Op, NSERC, Worklearn/Paid Experiences
  • Contacting Labs/PIs/Profs
  • Time Management/Professional Skills
  • Research Communication (Presentations/Posters)
  • Written Research Communication (Proposals/Manuscripts/Grants)
  • Data Analysis and Technical Research Skills
  • Navigating Your Degree
  • Effective Studying
Research Experience: 4 years

Basic | Translational

About Me

Hi everyone! My name is Amelia, and I’m currently in my sixth year in Microbiology and Immunology. I’ve been doing research for over four years in three different labs. I started off doing research in ophthalmology, where I was looking to develop an early diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s, and then transitioned into studying bladder cancer for my year of co-op. 


For my last year of undergrad, I am now doing a directed studies in immunology, and looking into how manipulating innate immune system can affect various disease pathology. In my spare time when I’m not in the lab or locked up somewhere studying, I enjoy crocheting little stuffies while binge-watching whatever show was recently recommended to me! 

How did I first get into research?

I got into research in first year through the REX program! My mentor studied the infant microbiome, which is what we did our REX project on, and what sparked my interested in microbiology. After REX, my mentor offered her students positions in her lab, but I ended up doing work at the Eye Care Centre, and I stayed there for two and a half years. The experience that I gained in REX learning to do literature reviews, developing an idea for a project, and being able to present and properly articulate the work that I had done was what helped me get my first volunteer position!