Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

Master of Science, Dalhousie University (2012)
Bachelor of Science, McGill University (2009) Honours

Devon Johnstone


Year of Entry:  2013

PhD Supervisor:  Dr. Kym Boycott

Personal Background: 

Originally from Montreal, I began my training in biology at McGill University. I moved to the East coast to pursue a Master’s degree at Dalhousie University, and conducted my research with a focus in molecular ecology and conservation genetics. During this time however, I became interested in human genetics, and in particular, genetic diseases.

Research Focus:  

Our lab uses next-generation sequencing to identify mutations associated with rare genetic diseases, which although individually rare, are collectively common. My Research Focus is on rare genetic causes of seizure disorders that respond poorly to antiepileptic treatments. In addition to identifying novel candidate genes implicated in disease, I am using both cellular and animal models to validate our findings and as drug screening tools. The goals are to improve diagnostic testing and to hopefully identify possible existing treatments that could be repurposed, based on molecular pathways, for use in rare disorders.

Scholarship Support:

2015- - Awarded CIHR Vanier Graduate Scholarship

2014- - Awarded Excellence Scholarship, University of Ottawa

2013-2015 - Awarded MD/PhD Scholarship, University of Ottawa

Fields of Interest

  • Molecular Genetics and Rare Genetic Disorders
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