I was born and raised in Waterloo and received my B.Sc. (Co-op, 1990) from the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. After graduating, I continued my laboratory training and became interested in biochemical research while working as a junior technician in the Department of Pharmacology at Merck Frosst Canada in Montreal.
I completed my Ph.D. (1998) under the supervision of Dr. Shoukat Dedhar in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. My doctoral work involved the analysis of protein-protein interactions that regulate cell adhesion during the progression of some types of cancers.
Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Guelph, I finished a 3-year MRC Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Sergio Grinstein at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. During the course of this fellowship, I studied mammalian host-pathogen interactions, focusing on those involving Salmonella typhimurium. While at the Hospital for Sick Children, I was awarded the 2000 John Charles Polanyi Award for Physiology and Medicine.
My research is currently supported by NSERC.