PhD Candidate; Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences; McMaster University
I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. I study the role that bacteria play in driving infections in the airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. My research specifically focuses on the relationship between the CF lung microbiota and worsening airway disease. Throughout my project, I used flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, RNA extraction protocols, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics to characterize the members comprising the active microbiota. I am also using these techniques to profile the responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa under diverse conditions observed in the CF airways.
On the side, I volunteer for CF Canada as a regional advocate and Let’s Talk Science as a student volunteer. I am also a concert pianist and violinst and play soccer in my spare time.
My current projects
- Protocol development for CF sputum research
- Characterization of the P. aeruginosa transcriptome
- Research and Clinical Advocacy
- Educational Volunteering