I began my research career in the summer between my third and fourth undergraduate years, working with Dr Jim Potvin at the University of Windsor. One week into the summer and I was hooked. I continued working with Dr Potvin for my Master's degree, focussing my work on modelling lumbar spine stability, before moving to the University of Waterloo to do my PhD with Dr Stuart McGill, focussing on all aspects of lumbar spine mechanics.
During my PhD work, I developed a pointed interest in studying, in much greater detail, the mechanics and physiology of the muscles of the spine and abdominal wall, which have unique designs and functions. Therefore, I decided that for my Post-doc, I would to move down to the University of California San Diego to work in the muscle physiology laboratory under the guidance of Drs. Richard Lieber and Samuel Ward. There, I developed techniques to study muscle mechanical function at the micro and macroscopic levels, using novel measurement tools such as laser diffraction to examine sarcomere dynamics.
At the University of Guelph, I plan to combine all of these tools to study both basic and applied questions regarding the lumbar spine and spine muscles, with the goal of reducing the incidence and prevalence of low-back related pain and injury.