• science.samIt is my pleasure to share insights on being girly, balanced & grateful from today’s #FeatureFriday, @TaviaCaplan!
    Another awesome woman in @mogen_uoft, Tavia is researching how to improve antifungal drugs. She wants to find helper molecules that can be added to current drugs to make them more effective against pathogenic fungal infections from Candida albicans.
    We all have fungi like Candida inside us; in fact, fungi are an important part of the gut flora that are often overlooked! But in people with a lowered immune system from chemotherapy or HIV, our Candida can become pathogenic. This doesn’t mean you need to do a ‘cleanse’ to get rid of the Candida in your body, just that Tavia’s research needs to continue to be supported.
    Tavia chose to pursue science because she felt it would challenge her everyday, but not everyone thought she’d be up for the challenge. “On my 1st day of gr 11 physics, my teacher told me I was going to fail... then I got the highest mark.”
    “People consider me very ‘girly’, so when I did well in school they’d be shocked - they didn’t expect anything from me. But I’ve also had so many people at each stage support me, including other high school teachers, trailblazing profs @uofguelph, & current labmates.”
    Tavia’s family are her biggest champions. When I asked her about role models, she instantly replied, “my mom is #1! She was the first in her family to get higher education and is the most intelligent person I know.” And her mom has impacted many others through a long successful teaching career.
    Though Tavia loves to be busy, she also loves being with her family. “I’m really organized and schedule everything, even personal time. That way I can be fully present when I’m with my family.”
    “We all feel invincible, but I’ve realized how important it is to the live in the moment and take everything as a lesson. Anything can happen and change our lives forever, and there will have been so many things we took for granted. I used to always focus on my future, but now I think of what I already have. It’s important to realize what we have and be happy in the moment we’re in instead of always waiting for the next milestone to be happy."

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  • mogen_uoftCan I repost?
  • ivy.bioPhenomenal women!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼😱😱💕💕 so much respect
  • science.samYes, always @mogen_uoft ! 😊
  • andersoncairesnanoBeautiful lab !! beautiful girl !!
  • salvadore88RESPECT ✊
  • amandaveriSo happy to see another one of my favourite people featured here!!! I'm so lucky to know so many inspiring women like you!! @science.sam @TaviaCaplan ❤❤
  • thelifeapothecaryYou and your colleagues are too cute with your outfits in the lab 😊
  • el971428Lovely! So lucky to have such wonderful and inspiring lab mates! 💕💕
  • snourainiWhat a wonderful feature! A girly scientist with so much wisdom! I worked on Candida Albicans as a post doc, and got a bad candida infection when I had my first child which made breastfeeding really painful, not fun! so totally get the importance of her work. You go girl!
  • womenofsciWhat a great story! And that lab looks amazing - thank you for sharing!
  • cayavilaUgh I love it so much!! #girlpower
  • phdenomenalphdemaleYes! Great pics science.Sam! I agree .. Organize everything, helps so much !
  • lauren.axters@jamesshamsi get in touch?
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