If I had to pick a label, I suppose I would say I am a lipid biologist with training in cellular, molecular and biochemical techniques that all focus on metabolism in some form or fashion. I was fortunate to join the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, at the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa in July of 2014.
After completing a BSc (Hon) in Molecular Biology and Genetics, at the University of Guelph (2000-2004, I transitioned from my undergraduate research project, to a PhD thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Marica Bakovic. Using a novel knock-out mouse model, my doctoral research characterized the importance of phospholipid metabolism and its links to obesity and metabolic disease.
In the fall of 2009, after an email and a phone call, I began my postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Greg Steinberg at McMaster University. It really was an amazing opportunity/team to work with and I focused my efforts toward understanding how the important metabolic protein named AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), was regulated during obesity and metabolic stress.
Having grown up a bit in the Ottawa region, I was thrilled to join the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in July of 2014. It's been a wild ride so far and the lab is only where it is because of the brilliance of the people who have trained with me/us. I'm significantly more grey (P<0.0001) than I was at the start, but excited about things to come.