For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in the hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging.
CSCA member of the week: Chloe Liu, PhD Candidate of Biochemistry at McGill University.
1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline?
I chose to study biochemistry because of the mysteries surrounding the functioning of proteins within cells, which are crucial for sustaining life. The intricate network of interactions among all proteins leaves me in awe of the wisdom of the Creator, particularly when contrasted with what humans are able to comprehend even with countless years of research. Within the area of cell biology, I focus on understanding how protein interactions make normal cells cancerous. While the proteins in cells function cooperatively so we can live, cancer introduces a different level of collaboration among these same cells that jeopardizes health. As we understand more about how prostate cancer initiates through biochemistry research, we can promote human flourishing through developing early and accurate cancer diagnoses that do not put patients through unnecessary treatments, which not only decrease quality of life but also offer no therapeutic benefits.
2. What is one of your favourite Bible verses and why?
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
This is one of my favourite Bible verses because it concisely articulates the astounding relationship of the Deity, Christ, human, and power. It reminds me of the fullness I have been brought to in Christ and the hope of victory over every power and authority through Christ.
3. Which Canadian city or landscape do you love exploring and why?
Montreal! Nice weather makes festivals and outdoor sports fun ways to enjoy the summer. This bike-friendly city also allows easy access to nature and parks! Additionally, it is not hard to find restaurants offering various cuisines in these areas. In winter, the snowfall turns the streets and parks into a beautiful winter wonderland. Outdoor skating rinks and ski resorts are also great ways to enjoy the winter in Montreal.