Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Chemist, Providence Health Care
Affiliation(s):
St. Paul’s Hospital / HLI
Short Bio:

Clinical Chemist, St Paul’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Associate Program Director, Medical Biochemistry Residency Training Program
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

 

I received a BSc in Honours Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics from Mercyhurst University. I earned a PhD from the University of Washington, as part of the Biomolecular Structure and Design Program. I subsequently completed a Clinical Chemistry fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. For my PhD thesis I explored protein misfolding pathways and focused on the pathological mechanisms (misfolding, aggregation and replication) involved in human prion diseases. This interest in amyloidosis and neurodegeneration has carried over to my clinical work, where I am pursuing assay development to support diagnostic and research efforts in these areas. Another active area of research is the application of mass spectrometry to tackle challenging diagnostic problems in Laboratory Medicine.

Academic background

  • Clinical Chemistry Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine. 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Complex Carbohydrate Research Center), University of Georgia. 2010
  • PhD (Medicinal Chemistry, Biomolecular Structure and Design Program), University of Washington. 2006
  • BSc (Honors Biochemistry), Mercyhurst College. 2001

Awards and Recognition

  • Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator, American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2016
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar 2016

Additional Honors & Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab, 2016
  • Young Investigator Award, Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab, 2015
  • Nelly Auersperg Award, Women’s Health Research Institute, 2014
  • Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians/American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Travel Grant, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award, Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Lab, 2013
  • General Research Grant, American Association for Clinical Chemistry/Van Slyke Foundation, 2012-2013
  • Clinical Pathology Resident/Fellow Presentation Award, Washington University, 2012
  • Industry Division Best Abstract Award, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, 2012
  • Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 2012
Primary Research Area
Brain & Neuroscience
Genetics genomics proteomics and related approaches

Research Interest

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Method development
  • Protein misfolding and aggregation

Teaching Interest

  • Laboratory based teaching