David Mak was a Highly Commended Entrant in the Life Science category in 2015 with his paper titled “Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and adolescent stress on the immune response to challenge: Profiling cytokine expression patterns in multiple tissues”.
Currently, David is in his second year of medical school at the University of British Columbia, where he is involved in clinical research in the fields of stroke neurology and radiology, and in basic science research in the fields of developmental neuroscience, immunology, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Since being involved with UA, David has taken his research further. Speaking about his plan, David said:
I have had wonderful and numerous opportunities to present my work (the same one I submitted to UA!), the most exciting ones being the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Conference in 2015 and the Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium in 2016. I have also been able to network with other inspiring UA alumni to discuss potential opportunities to further my stroke research in Edinburgh and Manchester!
Despite his busy academic schedule, David is involved with many different community organizations and activities. He is a member of a hip-hop group and is involved in a Teddy Bear Clinic, where they reach out to community daycares and elementary schools and essentially “play doctor” with young children, with the hopes of relieving any potential anxiety and fear associated with physicians, and to promote a positive physician-patient relationship right from a young age.
He is also a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves and currently work as a training officer with a local squadron of Air Cadets and at a provincial training center on Vancouver Island, and as a movement and transport officer at Vancouver International Airport.
In his free time, David loves spending time outdoors in the beautiful British Columbia, from skiing in the winter, to hiking in the summer. He enjoys playing violin and piano, hanging out with friends and family, and playing badminton!
Talking about his future plans, David said:
I am currently interested in pursuing a medical career either in neurology or family medicine. I look forward to meeting more fantastic and inspiring undergraduates and UA alumni!