Where did you study before coming to Toronto: I have studied in Toronto throughout my entire academic career. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Biochemistry and Physiology. Oddly enough, my degrees offered considerable flexibility, which allowed me to pursue an interest in neuroscience. Neuroscience has a layered complexity that I did not find in any other discipline, and this complexity intrigued me enough to want to complete my graduate degree in neurobiology.
Currently working on: Neurogenesis and hippocampal memory.
Why science? If I weren’t a scientist, I would be… Science is both a career choice and a philosophical stance. I believe that knowledge is primarily, and perhaps even exclusively obtained using the scientific method. It is enlightening for me to pursue a career that satisfies my interests and stays in tune with my personal philosophy. If I were not a scientist I would be a music producer. Music production is a lot like science; it combines creativity with the application of fundamental principles. The process of sound design is a very intricate process and it culminates in an ultimate test of creative pursuit: musical composition.
Interests outside the lab: I spend a lot of my spare time listening to, composing, and producing music. Also, I love going to the gym and playing any and all sports.
Favorite place in Toronto: I find the most comfort in the neighborhood I grew up in. It brings back memories that make me happier than anywhere else in Toronto.