Growing up on a family farm in rural Alberta, Canada, ensured that I was thoroughly exposed to veterinary medicine at a young age, and it has been a passion ever since. Following my interest in veterinary medicine led me to fall in love with the field of biology at an early age, and caused me to follow this pursuit by enrolling in the zoology program at University of Guelph, Ontario. With these interests, I was naturally drawn to the opportunity of spending a semester conducting field studies across East Africa, which was a phenomenal experience, and solidified my desired to pursue veterinary medicine.
Returning from Africa however, I found myself increasingly captivated by the field of molecular biology, and switched the focus of my undergraduate towards this field. In pursuing this I worked in a number of laboratories, in the fields of protein structural biology, and molecular virology. Molecular virology remains a keen interest for me to this day.
I’m an avid fan of the outdoors, having spent several summers working out of a tent in northern British Columbia. I enjoy snowboarding in the winter, and hiking whenever possible, with some extended hikes whenever I travel abroad. International travel is another passion I try and exercise as frequently as possible, including spending my last summer working for Veterinarians Without Borders in northwestern India. One final (and major) interest of mine is music. I have been playing classical piano for the better part of two decades, and have recently started learning to play the guitar.
Motivated by long term goals and intellectual challenges, I see myself finding a rewarding career in research and academia, after gaining some experience in practice.