Sep 2010 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy

University of British Columbia

  • Title of proposed research: Spectroscopic Methods for Structural and Compositional Analysis of Biological Molecules
  • Teaching Assistant: Fall 2010/Winter 2011 - 1st-year undergraduate chemistry labs, Fall 2011/Winter 2012 - 3rd/4th-year undergraduate analytical chemistry labs. 
Sep 2007 - Sep 2009

Master of Science

Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Title of Master's thesis: “Probing the Structures of Protonated and Metalated Glycine Complexes Using Infrared Multiple Photon Dissociation Spectroscopy,” which was done under the supervision of Travis D. Fridgen.
  • Completed three graduate level courses: Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics & Dynamics, and Photochemistry of Transition Metal Complexes. 
  • Teaching Assistant: 1st year undergraduate chemistry courses. Fall 2007/2008 semesters - responsible for developing and presenting mid-term tutorial sessions, individually marked mid-terms. Winter 2008/2009 semesters - in-lab instruction 
Sep 2002 - Apr 2007

Bachelor of Science, Honours Co-op

University of Waterloo
  • Undergraduate Honour's thesis: “Investigating the Structural and Energetic Properties of Deprotonated Glycine···ROH (R = H, CH3, C2H5) in the Gas Phase,” which was done under the supervision of Terry B. McMahon.
  • Five year undergraduate co-operative degree, which required the successful completion of four work terms. 

Work History

Work History
May 2007 - Aug 2007

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award position

University of Waterloo
  • As a recipient of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, I was given the opportunity to complete the mass spectrometry research started during my undergraduate honours project. 
  • The experience allowed me to present my results at a relevant conference, which led to the publication of a refereed journal article (see publication #2).
May 2006 - Aug 2006

Research Assistant (Co-op)

Natural Resources Canada

  • This was my final co-op term and my first experience working for the government. 
  • I was responsible for continuing and completing a contracted project which involved using ion exchange chromatography to optimize the removal of base metal impurities from industrial copper electrolyte. 
  • I was the sole occupant of the assigned laboratory space and therefore worked independently.
May 2005 - Aug 2005

Medicinal Chemist (Intern)

  • Working in a pharmaceutical environment, the project team I was connected with was actively seeking a novel compound targeting a specific receptor. 
  • I was responsible for synthesizing various small molecules, analyzing cellular assay data, and deducing structural activity relationships. 
  • The major difference with a job of this nature was the constant pressure of trying to actively synthesize potential receptor inhibitors while improving upon previously proposed structures. Work was constantly reviewed and critiqued.
Sep 2004 - Dec 2004

Quality Assurance Technician (Co-op)

SC Johnson

  • The day-to-day responsibilities of a quality assurance laboratory technician required excellent time management skills. 
  • As orders were processed and manufactured on the plant floor, I was responsible for performing a variety of chemical tests to ensure conformance of raw materials, intermediates, and bulks for use in production. 
  • The specifications were well-defined and I needed to be aware of these in order to properly deal with and repair non-conformities.
Jan 2003 - Apr 2003

Laboratory Assistant (Co-op)

Maxxam Analytics

  • As a junior laboratory assistant, I was fully responsible for certain wet lab analyses (pH testing, particle size analysis, conductivity measurements, etc.). 
  • I assisted in sample receiving by dispensing samples to be stored properly according to proper ISO requirements. 
  • I was also in charge of monitoring ultra high purity gas levels and changing tanks when necessary.