“Within the Anatomy and Cell Biology program, there is a massive sense of community. Students, faculty, and staff – everyone is so inviting and willing to listen or give feedback on your work. It is a very altruistic environment where everyone is helping everyone.”
Supervisors: Dr. Brian Allman and Dr. Nicholas Power
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Be true to what excites you, and even more so, what doesn’t excite you. When speaking about potential projects with different investigators, strongly consider if you can see yourself taking ownership of and loving the project. If you can’t, then keep looking.
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
I came from McMaster where I studied Health Sciences (BHSc). I then completed the MSc Clinical Anatomy program at Western University before starting my PhD.
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
It is one of only two places in Canada to offer a graduate degree in human anatomy, and is the only university which offered co-mentorship with clinicians working in a very specialized field of Urology that I was interested in.
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
The surgery for testicular cancer involves the removal of metastatic masses from the deep abdomen. While this surgery effectively cures the cancer in most cases, the patients are often rendered infertile because of unintended trauma to the nerves which control ejaculation. Currently, the location of these nerves is unknown and my research is focused on: (1) characterizing their anatomy, and (2) using this information to inform surgical techniques in order to facilitate sparing these nerves during surgery such that fertility is maintained, postoperatively.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
It always turns out that great ideas and great collaborations begin at The Grad Club.
What is your “dream” career?
Something that is always evolving, requires very specialized hands-on skills, and is collaborative but also has room for autonomy.
Where is “home” for you?
Gilford, Ontario … not many people know where that is though; it is near Barrie. Farm Country.
What are you most passionate about?
Efficiency. I love being efficient… and also things that are mathematically justified. You know, things like diagonally cutting through a parking lot on your walk home (instead of walking around the perimeter), and realizing that you saved yourself from having to walk an unnecessary extra distance. Pure satisfaction.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I can make a mean bowl of guacamole.