Position/Title: M.Sc. by thesis
- BScH. Animal Biology and minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Science, UoG, 2019
Advisor: Dr. John Cant
I am from Thunder Bay, Ontario and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Major in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph with a minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Science. Upon the completion of my fourth year in undergrad I was hired by Dr. John Cant for an Undergraduate Research Assistantship position working in the Cant Lab and assisting with research projects. Following this position, I accepted a masters offer from Dr. John Cant.
I am currently in my second year as a Master of Science by-thesis student working towards completing my degree with Dr. John Cant. I am studying the effects arginine, a semi-essential amino acid, has on gene expression in the mammary and muscle tissue of dairy cows. I completed the animal phase of my research during the fall of 2019 in collaboration with the research team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research and Development Centre Sherbrooke, Quebec. My research goals are to enhance the knowledge on arginine metabolism and the effects on gene expression between the mammary and muscle tissue of dairy cows. I am currently working on RNA isolation of the tissue samples and will conduct Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR to analyze genes related to arginine metabolism.
I aspire to become a Veterinary Pathologist and hope to pursue Veterinary Medicine upon the completion of my masters. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and volunteering with animal organizations and at the University of Guelph Climbing Club.