Education

PhD

MSc

HBSc

2013 to 2018 - University of California, Santa Barbara

2009 to 2011 - The University of Western Ontario

2005 to 2009 - The University of Western Ontario

Work Experience

 

Laboratory Manager & Researcher

Dr. Leonard Luyt, London Regional Cancer Program, London ON

Dec 2011 to Aug 2013

Skills

 

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

  • Knowledge of the organic chemistry literature including functional group reactivity, named reactions, protecting groups, and reaction mechanisms

  • Ability to design a synthetic pathway taking into consideration steps, availability/cost of starting material, and expected yields

  • Intuition to develop new syntheses and troubleshoot reactions

  • Experience using air-free techniques, handling pyrophorics, and performing challenging purifications

  • Identification of unknown compounds/side products

Other Chemistry Disciplines

  • SAR analysis and ligand design

  • Experience with solid-phase peptide synthesis towards peptides and peptide nucleic acid

  • Radiochemistry experience (Ga-68 & Tc-99m)

  • Laboratory safety - as our group's safety officer I'm responsible for training new students, updating SOPs, and keeping up to date with new UC protocols

Instrumentation

  • HPLC and UPLC - method development and instrument maintenance

  • Waters mass spectrometers - maintenance and calibration

  • Automated flash column chromatography systems

  • Automated solid phase peptide synthesizers

  • Ga-68 generator Eckert & Ziegler's Modular Lab

Computer Literate

  • Over 10 years experience using Chemdraw, SciFinder, and Reaxys (previously Beilstein/Gmelin)

  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

  • Software for NMR, HPLC, MS, and IR

  • Experience building and upgrading desktop computers

Publications and Patents

 

For a full list of my 9 publications in peer reviewed journals and 3 patents click here.

Honors and Awards

1st place Organic Chemistry Graduate Student Oral Competition, CSC 2017
Robert H. DeWolfe Teaching Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, UCSB
Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D), NSERC
Phi Lambda Upsilon Award, UCSB
Nucleic Acids in Chemistry & Biology Post Presentation Award, CSC 2011
Dean's Honor Roll, University of Western Ontario
Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC

2017
2016
2015
2013
2011
2005–2009
2007, 2008