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|
Clinical Pathology (Technician), Sydney Technical College and Balmain District Hospital, Australia
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
Research Interest Area
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.
Surgeons of the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper limb Centre:
Dr. Bing Siang Gan
Dr. George Athwal
Dr. Ken Faber
Dr. Darren Drosdowech