Research Staff Profile: Xiaoqing Dai
►Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?
University of Alberta
►What is your current position?
►Why did you decide to become a researcher?
Life-long interests in medical science
►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?
I am studying human pancreatic islet function in health and diabetes
►What is your favorite aspect of your research?
I am specially interested in islet-cell phenotyping by combined electrical activities of single cells and single-cell gene sequencing
► What do you hope to achieve with your research?
Provide valuable information for understanding islet function and the molecular mechanisms underlying dysfunction
► What groups are you involved with?
Dr. Patrick MacDonald’s lab
Alberta diabetes Institute
University of Alberta, Canada
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?
Music, movies, traveling