Sandra Sabongui

Schulich Leader

Western University

High School: TMS School

Nominated by Sheila Thomas

Richmond Hill, ON

What undergraduate program are you enrolled in?
Medical Science
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
‘I am the greatest.’ I said that before I even knew I was.
- Muhammad Ali
What is a little known fact about you?
I started learning how to fly a plane before I started learning how to drive a car.
Why do you make a great Schulich Leader?
A proper mindset is the gateway to achieving success in anything you do. I strongly believe that I have the mindset to become an international leader in the area of translational medical research. My passion for this area stemmed from my participation in a medical research project last summer. The study aimed to underscore the genetic long non-coding RNA fingerprint that regulates how hyperglycemia (in diabetes) damages the linings of blood vessels, and how that mechanism may initiate or potentiate vascular disease. I had some interest in pathobiology of disease prior to that experience, but I became more intrigued by how actual research discoveries are made, and how such incremental advances at the bench eventually translate into changing clinical practice and improving lives. This transformative experience has made me very passionate about the area of translational medical research and I am adamant that it is my dream to become a global pioneer in this field of research. I want to direct a translational medical research center that studies ample cures for global and debilitating diseases in order to improve the health of society at large. I make a great Schulich Leader because I have a clear vision of being an international leader in translational medical research and making my contribution in this area. I understand that success can only be built on teamwork. Third, I am an individual with unwavering integrity and work ethic. Finally, I understand the importance of contributing to vulnerable societies to make the world a better place.