Jehoshua Sharma is a Master’s student from Trinidad and Tobago, currently at the University of Guelph in Ontario. He is studying the fungal pathogen Candida albicans in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Shapiro. His current research focus is on the discovery of compounds that can either enhance the activity of known drugs or that can disarm the pathogen of the virulence mechanisms that make them harmful to the human host. He also is developing novel CRISPR variants to study the functional genomics of drug resistant Candida albicans isolates. Jehoshua is a co-founder of cGEM, a Canadian-wide initiative that brings together research groups across Canada tasked with using synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. His aim is to give students access to the tools that they need to conduct research independently and communicate their research on a wider scale to the public. Through talks and outreach events, Jehoshua has made it clear that a significant aspect of his work is scientific communication. Recently he also holds a position at his home department’s equity, diversity and inclusion committee, whereby he is advocating for changes that promote the presence of BIPOC researchers through changing recruitment and hiring policies.
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