Advancing Ag: Meet Matija Stanic
Even as a child, I have always been fascinated with the natural world.
This was what drove me to decide to do a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Calgary. My focus during my undergraduate studies gravitated toward botanical sciences, although I never officially specialized in botany.
This decision to study plant biology was highly influenced by several amazing professors which I encountered during my studies who opened my eyes to the wonders of plants. Having graduated from the university, I had some time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life as I was teaching piano part time.
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I soon realized that my thirst for knowledge, specifically relating to biology, had not been quenched by my undergraduate degree so I began talking to professors about graduate studies at the University of Calgary.
During this time, I had begun volunteering in a plant science laboratory at the University of Calgary under one of my former professors. Shortly after realizing I enjoyed the research world, I was accepted into my Master of Science at the university specializing in developmental plant genetics.
My project focuses on genetic manipulation of canola (Brassica napus) in order to produce a highly branched shoot in hopes of increasing yield per plant. I am currently finishing my master’s thesis and preparing to defend as well as working as a research consultant at an R&D company involved in the cannabis industry.
Aside from my work and education, I like to spend my free time reading, playing the piano, and lifting weights.