I grew up in Edmonton, and I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta (1999-2003). During my time at the UofA, I had the privilege of doing research work with three exceptional mentors:
- Dr. Ole Hindsgaul. My projects with Dr. Hindsgaul focused on measuring binding of carbohydrate ligands to lectins using Frontal Affinity Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (FAC-MS).
- Dr. Monica Palcic. Under Dr. Palcic's supervision, I explored using Capillary Electrophoresis for single cell assays for glycosyltransferase activity, and also the expression and purification of some glycosyltransferase mutants.
- Dr. Rik Tykwinski. My work with Dr. Tykwinski was focused on measuring the stereospecificity of a series of chiral iodonium oxidants for chiral resolution of enantiomeric mixtures of alcohols.
Following my B.Sc. from the UofA, I moved to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to work on my Ph.D. (2003-2009) under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Withers, a world expert on the enzymes responsible for the formation and breakdown of carbohydrates. My project was on investigations of fluorinated sugars as potential diagnostic and therapeutic agents in the treatment of Gauchers disease and Mucopolysaccharidosis I, two Lysosomal Storage Diseases.
Following my Ph.D. work, I came to Augustana to teach Organic and General Chemistry, where I have been since 2009.
Besides chemistry, I enjoy spending most of my free time playing with my children. I am also an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and I enjoy playing a variety of cardgames and boardgames which typically have a Sci-Fi/Fantasy theme to them.