Stacia’s project is focused on understanding the mechanisms that regulate composition and morphology of stress granules, and how these features influence their function in stress responses and innate immunity.
“My name is Stacia and I have grown up near Halifax, Nova Scotia my whole life. At Dalhousie University, I completed my BSc (Honours) in microbiology & immunology and my minor in neuroscience. During my undergraduate degree, I joined the Khaperskyy lab where I have been studying the formation and composition of stress granules.
Stress granules are dynamic condensates within the cell that have been associated with antiviral functions and neurodegenerative diseases. Developing a method to study the composition of stress granules comprised the research I performed during my experiential learning course and the data I used to complete my Honours thesis. I intend to continue studying stress granules, both their composition and their role in host responses to stress, as I pursue my MSc degree here at Dalhousie.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, reading, hiking, discovering new restaurants, and exploring the many places this beautiful province has to offer.”