Canada (Fulbright S&T grantee 2010)
As a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Thane Kubik is pursuing doctoral research in the broad field of Molecular Biology at the Rockefeller University in New York City. In particular, Thane is interested in studying the principles underlying biological regulatory network architecture and function using both molecular and computational methods. Through research, Thane hopes to bring new insights to some biological questions that cannot be answered without taking into consideration the greater cellular context.
A proud Canadian, Thane completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Calgary. For his honors thesis project, Thane explored an important cell-to-cell communication pathway in bacteria through both molecular reconstruction and computer modeling. He has had the pleasure of working with computer scientists and engineers in the past and is passionate about interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration. Thane also really enjoys teaching. He was an educational facilitator for the University of Calgary’s 2009 international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) team. He is excited about every opportunity to continue to work with students in a mentorship capacity.
Outside of the lab, Thane’s main interests include swimming and hiking. He has been a competitive swimmer for nearly 15 years, and he won a gold medal at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials in Montreal. He will continue swimming (and potentially competing) throughout his time as a graduate student. While opportunities to hike will be scarce in New York, Thane hopes to use this as an opportunity to explore one of his new passions: Theatre in New York City.