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December 2012

Applying Step skills in the real world

For Gurjeev Sohi, scientific discoveries have always been a thing of wonder and excitement.

As a PhD student in Western University's department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Gurjeev’s research focuses on uncovering molecular mechanisms that predispose low birth weight babies to increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in adult life. Gurjeev knows the importance of informing the public on such important health discoveries, and this is why he has partnered with Kukuzoo Studios, a newly formed video animation company, to develop highly engaging animated videos that will educate the public about exciting scientific discoveries in Canada.

As a graduate student, and Kukuzoo Studio’s new research media director, Gurjeev needed to learn how to effectively build a team of like-minded individuals with various expertises. He turned to two Mitacs Step workshops, team building and effective communication, to develop the business skills he was lacking. “Mitacs Step workshops educate graduate students on how to effectively put into practice the soft skills acquired during their graduate research experience, which is critical for excelling in future endeavors. The workshops provided me with insight on the importance of effective communication, collaborative mindset and other vital aspects of team building that will undoubtedly prove essential for my success at Kukuzoo Studios.

After implementing the skills he learned at both workshops, Gurjeev has seen a real change in his team. “I’m proud to see my team at Kukuzoo becomes even more committed to the goal of educating the public about scientific breakthroughs. It’s exciting to see where we can go from here.”