Maria Vu is the most recent graduate from the Trudeau Lab as she successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday April 26th, 2017. Maria’s research was focused on pioneering a novel approach to understanding how manipulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and dopamine antagonists can stimulate reproduction in the Northern leopard frog and the Western clawed frog. Her interests and drive were beyond that of simply understanding how hormone systems work in these species, but Maria always had the big picture in mind. She always had aspirations and hopes that her research can be used to combat the amphibian extinction crisis and perhaps be a stepping stone for amphibian conservation.
All of us our extremely proud of Maria and her accomplishments. She was a great addition to the lab. Her great sense of humor, light hearted attitude and attention to detail made it a joy to work with and alongside her. All of us will miss having Maria in the lab, but we wish her nothing but the greatest success in her future endeavours as she pursues her passions for species conservation.
We hope your time in Mauritius is rewarding and exciting. Most importantly, we hope there is a yoga studio nearby!