Stella Duncan


Stella Duncan

Hi! My name is Stella and I am a 3rd year student at the University of Calgary in biology and biotechnology. I am most interested in neuroscience and linking the biochemistry of the brain to neurodegenerative disorders and psychiatric diseases. My goal is to better understand how knowledge gained through research can translate to improved medical care. I am therefore very eager to work with Dr. Kennedy this summer, where I will learn more about neurological disorders, drug action, and personalizing treatment using molecular genetic technology. 

Previously, I had the opportunity to work in a biotechnology lab at the University of Calgary. Under the tutelage of Dr. Dae Kyun Ro, I researched the biochemical effect of the CRISPR/Cas9 genomic modification of a gene involved in rubber biosynthesis in lettuce. The goal was to advance our knowledge of metabolic and chemical biology in plants so we can develop sustainable supplies of pharmaceutical and industrial chemicals. The experience sparked my interest in research, specifically to apply what I learned about molecular genetics to medical sciences.

Outside of academia, I am an avid cross-country skier, where I compete at the national and international levels with the Alberta World Cup Academy, a Nordiq Canada national training centre. I also coach for Foothills Nordic, a cross-country ski club in the region, where I do my best to share my knowledge and passion for the sport to young kids. 

I am incredibly grateful to be part of this year's Amgen cohort. I hope to meet individuals who share my passion for science, and I am eager to learn as much as I can through my research this summer.