School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

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What is Grad Chat?

A 30 minute radio show featuring one  graduate student or postdoc each week.  This is an opportunity for our grad students and postdocs to showcase their research to the Queen's and Kingston community and how it affects us.  From time to time we will also interview a post-doc or an alum or interview grad students in relation to something topical for the day.

Grad Chat is a collaboration between the School of Graduate Studies and CFRC 101.9FM

How To Sign Up

Just print off and fill in the "Interviewee Form" (70KB).  Return it to Colette in the SGS office at steerc@queensu.ca 

Actual interviews are done on Mondays between 10:00am and 12:00pm each week in the CFRC recording rooms.  A schedule will be organised with those who have signed up already.

Opportunities of Grad Chat

  • For grad students to showcase their research to a bigger audience
  • For grad students to practice talking to the media
  • For Queen’s and Kingston to hear about graduate research on campus
  • As a recruitment tool via the podcasts made which will be posted on our website and program websites.
  • For our alumni to talk about what they researched and where they are now to show grad degree employability

Upcoming Episodes

Grad Chat Fall Programming 2021 

September 21st 2021

Isobel Sharpe

Isobel Sharpe, MSc in Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Colleen Davison

Topic: A Global Analysis of Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Mental Health

Overview:  My research explores the complex relationships between climate change, food insecurity, and mental health. To date, few studies have explored these relationships on a global scale


September 28th 2021

Sareena McDonald

Sareena McDonald MSc in Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Will King

Topic: Measuring race as a variable in epidemiological research

Overview:  “In response to ongoing and systemic Racism in both Canada and the United States, students within the Queen’s University Department of Public Health Sciences expressed interest in improving our understanding of Racist Policy in epidemiology and public health.  With this, we decided to form the Racial Considerations in Epidemiology (RaCE) Task Force, where we could meet to develop, share, and express our ideas and understanding of the literature on this topic.”


October 5th 2021

Isobel Sharpe

Isobel Sharpe, MSc in Epidemiology, supervised by Dr Colleen Davison

Topic: A Global Analysis of Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Mental Health

Overview:  My research explores the complex relationships between climate change, food insecurity, and mental health. To date, few studies have explored these relationships on a global scale.


October 12th 2021

Yuxi Zhang

Yuxi Zhang, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, supervised by Dr Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Topic: Reducing the Foreign Body Immune Response towards Biomaterial

Overview: My research topic is around the foreign body reaction (FBR) which describes a patient’s biological response to an implanted material or device, and includes tissue injury, blood-material interactions, provisional matrix formation, acute and chronic inflammation, and fibrous matrix deposition surrounding the implant. The inflammatory response to the implant can impair its performance and lifespan. This research focus is on strategies to attenuate the foreign body response (FBR) towards implanted biomaterial without losing the protection of host immune system.