BsCH in Biology at Queen’s University (1 quarter in University of Groningen)
MSc. in Genetics at University of California, Davis
PhD in Animal Biology, University of California, Davis
Biography:: I am an east-coaster from Halifax, NS who moved to California to research neurogenetics in the horse. It is exciting to be back in Canada again, especially as a postdoc at the University of Toronto. I am doing a postdoc that is joint between the Morshead lab as well as Aaron Wheeler’s lab (who specializes in microfluidics). Aside from lab work, I also like to horseback ride, mountain bike, ski, backpack and travel.
Research:During my PhD I became familiar with the cerebellum, specifically cerebellar abiotrophy in the horse, and began working with RNA-seq data. This data was my gateway into the wonderful world of bioinformatics, which has become one of my major areas of research alongside molecular genetics. My research has now downsized from horse to mouse and whole tissue transcriptomics to single cell transcriptomics on a microfluidic platform. I am interested in assessing the changes of neural stem cells and their niche related to age by capturing the heterogeneity of cell types and their global gene expression at the resolution of one cell.