Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
A: I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph (B.Sc. Biomedical Science, 2009) and Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa (Neuroscience, 2015)
Q: What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
A: During my doctoral studies, I investigated basic mechanisms of neurophysiology. Gaining insights into how normal processes occur in healthy neurons will help guide our understanding of disease states such as in stroke.
Q: What is the focus of your research?
A: My Ph.D. thesis explored novel mechanisms of synapse function and dynamics during postnatal development. I used whole-cell electrophysiology, multiphoton laser scanning microscopy and computational tools to understand how processes at the level of single synapses might impact the computational functions of neurons.
Q: At what stage are you in your research, and what are your future plans?
A: I recently completed my Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Ottawa (2015). I hope to start medical school in September 2016.
Q: How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
A: I only recently joined…so I suppose I will find out very soon!
Q: What other interests do you have?
A: I lead a physically active lifestyle: ice hockey, volleyball, cycling/spinning, strength training and running.
I read voraciously, and typically have 2-3 books on the go at any one time, in addition paper magazines such as Wired and National Geographic, and also online feeds from the New York Times, Washington Post, the Atlantic, etc. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, especially cycling and hiking/camping/fishing in the summertime.