Graduate Program: Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Year of Entry: 2015
PhD Supervisors: Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk, Dr. Robert Beanlands, Dr. Robert deKemp
I was raised in Kingston and completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in 2013. I become involved in research early in my undergraduate degree where I studied the physiological adaptations to exercise. In my final year, I completed an honours project examining the mechanisms through which post-exercise blood factors increase skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis. I developed a passion for cardiovascular sciences after taking a course in my final year of undergraduate studies and decided to pursue a master’s degree in Pharmacology at Queen’s University. A goal of my research was to contribute a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of cardiovascular and kidney disease and to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of new therapeutic strategies. A specific area of interest was investigating mechanisms of vascular calcification.
My current Research Focus is developing treatment strategies for patients with right heart failure. My research projects will use cardiac PET imaging explore the pathogenic neurohormonal mechanisms contributing to right heart failure and, given this insight, explore therapeutic strategies that target this adverse profile.
2017 – CHIR Vanier Scholarship
2014-2016 - Awarded CIHR MD/PhD Program Grant