Another year of teaching 310 is almost in the books, and I just want to recognize the incredible engagement of this year’s cohort of students – it made the brief time we shared in the classroom a ton of fun!
Mitochondria are cellular organelles that have long been recognized for their essential role in producing ATP, the chemical form of energy required to fuel a diverse range of biochemical reactions within the cell. In the last decade or so, however, additional roles for mitochondria in a myriad of other homeostatic pathways within the cell have been identified (e.g. apoptosis, non-shivering thermogenesis, iron-sulphur cluster biogenesis, cellular copper homeostasis). We are interested in identifying and characterizing the molecular genetic mechanisms that allow mitochondria to make so many varied, and fundamental, contributions to cell biology.
I believe that science can be exciting and fun. My goal is to create a supportive research environment in which trainees have the ability to pursue a research project of interest, and grow as scientists and individuals. I also place a high premium on nurturing trainees in the context of career development and, therefore, career advancement.
I welcome email inquiries from highly motivated individuals with a strong desire to purse a career in research, either in an academic or a professional setting. However, at this time, I only have openings for trainees who have been awarded a provincial or national fellowship that offsets a significant portion of their annual stipend.