Job Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: University of Alberta
Place of Birth: Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Mount Carmel Primary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Junior High
High School attended: Beaver Brae Secondary School
Further Education: McMaster University (B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Ottawa (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research:
Brief synopsis of current research:
I am interested in the mechanisms that fish use to deal with stresses on their physiology. Specifically, how fish regulate the ion transporters that allow then to survive changes in salinity, O2 or CO2 in their environment. I have a secondary interest in the action of an endogenous compound found in shark livers (squalamine) and it's natural properties in sharks. This compound has been isolated as an anti-cancer agent and is currently being tested as a potential treatment for human cancers.
Department of Biological Sciences, Rm Z-512 Biological Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E9
Phone: (780)492-2381; Fax: (780)492-9234
I have always had a keen interest in fish. I was a fishing guide in Northern Ontario for 2 summers while as a teenager and developed a desire to find out how fish are able to withstand a broad variety of stresses that occur. This has been a rewarding choice in that the underlying principles have certainly applied not only to fish but across into medical applications and human physiology as the basic principles of cell biology are the same across a wide variety of organisms. The use of fish as a model system was not envisaged but is certainly paying dividends.