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August 2013

A path to understanding cell migration

Song Qi comes to Canada from China’s University of Electronic Science and Technology’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (YingCai Experimental School). Alongside Dr. Francis Lin from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, he is researching a novel system that aims to understand the migratory responses of different cell types, such as immune cells and cancer cells.

This innovative system will allow for highly controlled quantitative data, which will provide efficient cell migration analysis. The research is important because it reveals the underlying mechanisms behind the process of wound healing and other vital cell functions.   

Song’s internship in Canada has provided him with hands-on experience that offered insight into a research field that he intends to pursue in graduate studies.

 “Canada’s research facilities exceeded my expectations, with so much to do and explore in my lab, I enjoy each and every day I spend contributing to this research project. I aspire to become a professor in neuroscience, and am confident that my Globalink research internship has taken me closer to this aspiration.”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and Research Manitoba for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan.

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