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. Specifically, I am a cognitive neuroscientist with methodological expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), experimental psychology, and behavioural kinematics. The purpose of my research is to gain a better understanding of how the brain controls actions such as grasping and tool use.
I completed my doctoral dissertation in Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Jody Culham, and my postdoctoral training with Dr. Scott Frey at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Some of my most recent collaborative work with Dr. Frey aims to better 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, complete allogeneic hand transplantation.