Journée internationale des femmes et des filles de science
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Journée internationale des femmes et des filles de science

So welcome. And thank you very much for joining us today Tell us a little bit about how you got into this career in science. Yes, absolutely. As I was saying before, I was always interested in nature when I was a kid. I always loved it. I always wondered how things work, then in school, I got really interested in chemistry, biology. Those were really my main interests. So that’s why I decided to get a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. At that time, I was part of the program… At Sherbrooke, yes. I was part of the co-op program and I got the chance to do an internship in a lab, Dr. Piché’s lab, Alain Piché. At that time, I really, that’s when I realized that research was really what I wanted to do. Actually, it’s something that’s always attracted me; I’ve always been curious and wondered about things. And now, I had the chance to answer my questions through research. So it was really… it was… really something that hit home for me and that’s when I knew what I truly wanted to do for the rest of my life. Through my research experience, that’s how I was able to home in on the kind of research I wanted to do, my own research program. That led me to complete a doctorate in viruses at McGill and finally, post-doctoral studies in Boston. So this has been a very exciting journey for you. How do you balance that? How have you managed life and all of that excitement and training that you’ve done? Well, the first thing I want to say is that it’s true that we see it as training, a job and all that, but in general, I don’t see it as work, it’s really a passion, it’s something I like to do so in general, I don’t see myself as working long hours, it’s not necessarily a problem for me, I love it. Even at home, I read articles sometimes, I mean, most researchers do that, it’s something I find interesting. As for family life, of course you have to make arrangements sometimes, like I was saying before, in research there are times that are very intense, times when things are calmer, having an environment, people, support, it helps. My husband is very understanding, he’s a scientist, too, so he knows the deal. With my daughter, I try to show her that I’m interested in science and it’s something I try to model for her, it’s part of my life. And my parents are so supportive, they are a tremendous help to us. It takes some work, and you have to realize that it’s dynamic, it’s not always the same, there are busier periods, slower periods and the trick is to have fun through it all. So if there was a young woman here, 15, 16 or 17 years of age say: “Wow, I want to be like you”.
What would your advice be to her? What could I say to this young woman? Yes, it’s a fascinating life, it’s work that’s not really work, it’s a passion, it’s something you have to experience to really understand, it’s possible. Thank you very much. Thank you so much for joining us today on this. And thank you for helping us celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Thanks for the invitation.

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