Where did you study before coming to Toronto: I completed my PhD at the university of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Before that I completed my MSc and BSc in Alberta at the university of Lethbridge.
Currently working on: I am interested in the mechanisms of long-term meory storage as well as the function and role of the hippocampus in learning and memoy. I am also interested in how adult neurogenesis contributes to the structure and function of the dentate gyrus.
Favorite paper: Pattern Separation in the Dentate Gyrus and CA3 of the Hippocampus
Jill K. Leutgeb, Stefan Leutgeb, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I. Moser
Science 16 February 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5814, pp. 961 – 966
This is a nice paper that shows some compelling evidence that the dentate gyrus is involved in the process of cellular pattern separation and also demonstrates a secondary mechanism for this process in area CA3.
Why science? If I weren’t a scientist, I would be… I’ve been interested in science from a young age. I suppose it’s a natural curiosity to understand how things work. If I weren’t a scientist I would probably be a photographer.
Interests outside the lab: Hiking, kayaking, soccer, photography
Favorite place in Toronto: I haven’t yet had a chance to properly explore the city but I have enjoyed spending time in High park, at the Royal Ontario museum and the Art Gallery.