Student Spotlight

Yulia Shulga
McMaster University
Epand Lab




Q: What initially attracted you to biophysics?

As far as I remember, I have been always interested in nature and natural sciences. Biophysics attracts me by its multidisciplinarity, the ability of studying the problem from different angles.

Q: What specific areas are you studying?

My research field includes membrane biochemistry with a focus on lipid metabolism and lipid kinases, particularly a diverse family of diacylglycerol kinases and phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinases.

Q: What is your current research project?

My current research project is studying the role of diacylglycerol kinases in adipocyte differentiation and possible involvement of these enzymes in type 2 diabetes.

Q: What do you hope to do after graduation?

I’m planning to continue my research as a postdoctoral fellow.

Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge as a student of biophysics?

The beauty of biophysics is in its complexity, but at the same time it presents the biggest challenge. A student of biophysics needs to have comprehensive background knowledge in many areas, which requires extensive studying, as well as being open-minded to the new information and approaches.

Q: Why did you join the Biophysical Society?

It’s a great opportunity to attend the Biophysical Society Annual Meetings, where you can present your research, share your ideas and opinions, meet other scientists. It’s a wonderful place for networking.

Q: When you’re not studying biophysics, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy reading, cycling, scuba diving and, when there is an opportunity, traveling to different countries to learn about other cultures and their history

Richard Epand, Shulga’s PI says:

“It has been a pleasure working with Yulia as a graduate student in our lab. Not only has she shown technical skills and efficiency but also she has been able to increasingly contribute to the development of ideas and projects. She has always been self-critical and accurate in her interpretation of experimental results. During her stay in our laboratory she has been involved in several diverse projects that have given her a broad understanding of the role of biological membranes in signal transduction processes, which has resulted in 12 publications in major, peer-reviewed scientific journals.”







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