MIRC says farewell to Uma Sankar and wishes her best of luck in retirement!
After 36 and ½ years of working at McMaster University, Uma Sankar has finally decided to hang up her lab coat and call it a career. Working in multiple labs and departments before starting her role as a technician in the Vector Lab 14 years ago, Uma reflects on her time at McMaster. She remembers when she first arrived in Canada and nervously applied to jobs, with no prior lab experience back home. Uma was fortunate to land a position within a lab, where she worked hard to learn from those around her. Through hard work and determination, she acquired a multitude of skills from graduate students and other lab personnel. Although difficult at times, she persevered, and her work ethic and abilities did not go unnoticed. Uma proudly states that throughout her career, she was always recommended for several jobs, and each position she held was obtained without having to go through any interviews! Her work spoke for itself. Uma fondly speaks about some of her favourite memories at McMaster, with one of the top being her work involving the development of a vaccine for the SARS virus. The research was highlighted by media outlets, and Uma is very proud of her involvement with that project. After a great career, Uma looks forward to catching up on her reading and devoting time towards her spirituality and religion. However, she promises to continue to visit McMaster and MIRC, especially since she found out parking is free for retired staff! Uma will be missed by everyone at MIRC, especially her warm smile and friendly personality. Enjoy your retirement, Uma; it is definitely well deserved!