I was born in The Pas, a small town in northern Manitoba, and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Like many Canadians, I love and appreciate the great outdoors (e.g. swimming, camping, fishing), cold beer, and of course, the game of hockey.
But for the most part, my life is all science. More specifically, I am a cognitive neuroscientist, with methodological expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), experimental psychology, and behavioral kinematics. The purpose of my research is to gain a better understanding of how the brain controls actions such as grasping and tool use (for more, click here).
I completed both my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Western Ontario, following ~ 4 years of full-time research employment with Drs. Jody Culham and Mel Goodale.
I completed my doctoral dissertation in Neuroscience at Western under the supervision of Dr. Culham, and recently joined Dr. Scott Frey's lab as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Some of my most recent collaborative work with Dr. Frey aims to understand how the brain supports the recovery of hand function for grasping in patients who have undergone major surgical repair of the peripheral nerves that innervate the hand, including, in the most extreme cases, allogeneic hand transplantation (for more, click here).