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PHOTOGRAPHS BY ARTHUR MOLA, IMAGE ARTS '11

Tracy Lackraj,
Molecular Science '17,
completed her
PhD research at the
Ryerson lab at MaRS.

faster, do they survive longer, and so on,"
she says.
They're working in concert with a crucial
shift towards personalized cancer care. "One
thousand people might have the same type
of breast cancer but their genetic makeup
can influence many things in the course of
how they're treated."
She adds, "We can also use genetic screens
to look at changes in other cancer-related
genes, and how those are affected as a result
of targeting one gene."
Lackraj credits the hands-on lab experience she had at Ryerson for fostering her
passion for research. "Being in a lab, conducting my own experiments, going through
the process of failed experiments, optimization, and perseverance ... That doesn't happen at a lot of other universities because of
the sheer number of students. But at Ryerson
I got that opportunity, and that's what really
made me fall in love with research and pursue graduate studies."
As for where she sees herself in five years,
Lackraj is quick to answer, "I'd love to be
established and have my own lab." That
ambition dovetails with one of her mottos:
"Dreams don't work unless you do."
"Your only limitation in life should be the
things that are out of your control, and I'm a
very big believer in actively going after your
dreams and that if you put in the work, you
can achieve just about anything in life."
Winter 2018 / Ryerson University Magazine

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