Natasha Orr, a PhD candidate in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program, received a UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2021. This recognition is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at UBC. With over 2000 teaching assistants working at the university, this is a remarkable achievement.
Natasha has worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences since 2016, in the integrated histology-pathology laboratories for first and second year medical students. Last year, Natasha also took on the new role of online course moderator for MEDD 411 (Foundations of Medical Practice I), which was critical in enabling continued teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Natasha is conducting research on somatic cancer-driven mutations and pain phenotype in women with endometriosis, under the supervision of Drs. Anglesio and Yong.