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Evelina Tronina

Evelina Tronina is a fifth-year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga double majoring in Chemistry and Biology. She received an University of Toronto Excellence Award, allowing her to spend the summer working in the lab of Professor Nguyen Ba, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Evelina conducted experiments on a protein, SIL1, that is responsible for a rare disease called Marinesco-Sjogren syndrome. Specifically, Evelina tested the protein interaction between SIL1 and the protein that it regulates, BiP. Through this experience, Evelina learned how to use experimental methods such as PCR, Gibson assembly as well as yeast and E. coli transformations. 

Reflecting back on her research experiences, Evelina shared that she learned about “tenacity and perseverance to try experiments many times until they work.” Indeed, Evelina learned how to design and adapt experiments, determining what controls were needed for them. While at times she worked independently, Evelina also came to rely on her lab colleagues “where all students were willing to help each other” as they worked together to actively search for solutions to the problems they encountered.

Evelina found that she loves research and wants to continue along a research pathway. She has continued to work in the Nguyen Ba Lab as a Work Study student and is also working on her thesis project in the lab of Professor Cheng, Department of Biological Sciences. She is in the process of applying to graduate schools, including at U of T.

Research Type(s): Research Fellowships / Studentships