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Meet Helen Hsiao

Faculty of Science | BSc in Microbiology & Immunology
Areas of Expertise
  • REX Program/First Year Opportunities
  • Literature Review
  • Experimental/Project Design
  • Co-Op, NSERC, Worklearn/Paid Experiences
  • Research Awards
  • Contacting Labs/PIs/Profs
  • Time Management/Professional Skills
  • Research Communication (Presentations/Posters)
  • Data Analysis and Technical Research Skills
  • Data Presentation/Figure Design
  • Navigating Your Degree
Research Experience: 2 years

Clinical | Behavioural | Data analysis

About Me

Hi, I’m Helen! I am going into fourth year Microbiology and Immunology. I just completed my Co-op at the St. Paul’s Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Research Office. I coordinated several clinical research studies related to different ankle conditions to investigate the effectiveness of their surgical treatments.

I am currently doing research at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute, working on an independent project that aims to elucidate the functional brain networks that underlie human memory and perception. I received a Top Poster Presenter Award for this project.

In the past, I’ve helped develop the ED Patient App, which aims to identify and help improve the main care barriers that patients may encounter during ED visits through a technological solution. I am really interested in helping students who are looking to become involved in research as I know it can be difficult to start. My goal is to provide proper and adequate guidance for the process. 

In my free time, I love listening to rap music and trying out matcha lattes at different coffee shops. If you ever see someone sipping a venti matcha frappuccino on an ice-cold winter day, there’s a 99% chance that person is me.

How did I first get into research?

Funny story: I got my first research opportunity through emailing a professor, but the professor didn’t reply to me until 6 months after (totally thought he missed or ignored my email). He said he was interested in applying for a summer research award with me because he was really impressed by my email/application. I was super interested in the research done by the lab, so I immediately said yes!  I’ve been doing research with the lab ever since, and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!