Biography

My interest in medical research began while employed as a hospital-based phlebotomist and night staff manager for a private medical diagnostics (pathology) laboratory.

While maintaining this employment, I undertook graduate and postgraduate training in medical microbiology and cancer cell biology.These studies led to a postdoctoral research position at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where I studied the genetics of fetal/placental growth and development.

As a molecular biologist, I have enjoyed the freedom to migrate between these disciplines and to appreciate the unique aspects of each. My current research focus is normal and abnormal tissue repair.

Professional and Academic Experience

2001-2005  Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Health Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada
1995-2001 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Department of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia
1994-2001 Cancer Research Technician, National Health & Medical Research Council, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia
1989-1994 Master of Science (MSc), School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
1989-1994  Microbiology Research Technician, National Health & Medical Research Council, Maquarie University, Australia
1987-1989 Production Scientist and Laboratory Manager, Medical Resources Limited,  Macquarie University, Australia
1984-1987 Bachelor of Science (BSc), School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
1982-1987 Pathology Technician and Night Staff Manager, Drs. Davies, Campbell and deLambert, Pathologists, Rhodes, Australia
1978-1982

Clinical Pathology (Technician), Sydney Technical College and Balmain District Hospital, Australia

 

 

Profession

Molecular Biologist

Appointments

Current Academic Appointment: Assistant Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Current Research Appointment: Lawson Scientist and Co-director, Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory, The Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, Lawson Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Website

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Musculoskeletal disorders
Chronic diseases
Surgical innovations

Research Overview

My research is focussed on understanding the processes that regulate normal and abnormal tissue regeneration and repair. I am particularly interested in the causes of dysregulated mesenchymal cell growth, cellular interactions with the extra-cellular matrix, infections, and their combined impact on the delicate balance between tissue regeneration and fibrosis.

Publications

Keywords

Tissue repair/infection, Fibrosis

Partners

Surgeons of the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper limb Centre:
Dr. Bing Siang Gan
Dr. George Athwal
Dr. Ken Faber
Dr. Darren Drosdowech