The GTA Executive Committee (GTA-EC) represents the interests of all members of the Association. In addition to providing a trainee perspective to the GlycoNet training program, the Committee facilitate networking events and meetings, contribute to Network communications, and work to promote GlycoNet to the broader community. The GTA-EC meets regularly to discuss ideas and issues that matter most to the next generation of Canadian glycoscientists, and to help ensure that GlycoNet trainees have access to a diverse set of opportunities during their time in the Network.
The Symposium Committee Representative is responsible for the coordination for the professional development and trainee activities of the annual Canadian Glycomics Symposium. The Representative sits as a member of the GlycoNet’s Symposium Committee as the GTA’s voice.
I obtained my B.Sc. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2011. While there, I performed undergraduate research with Professor Christopher Callam, which jump-started my love for carbohydrate synthesis and biochemistry. In 2012, I moved to Canada, where I completed my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Todd Lowary from the University of Alberta in 2018. My Ph.D. project focused on the preparation of polyprenol pyrophosphate-based probes of lipopolysaccharide O-antigen biosynthesis from Klebsiella pneumoniae. I then moved west to the University of British Columbia, where I joined the laboratory of Professor Stephen Withers in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. My current research focuses on improving the understanding of, and developing new inhibitors for, α-amylases, particularly for human pancreatic α-amylase.
I am a Chemical Biology PhD student in Dr. Macauley’s lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. Previously I have completed a MSc (Organic Chemistry) and BSc (Chemistry and Medinical Cell Biology) from the University of Western Ontario. My current research focuses on trying to identify natural sialic acid containing ligands for proteins found on immune cells, Siglecs. I also am designing a cell-based assay in order to test how modified sialic acid alters the binding to Siglecs. These will potentially increase the ability to treat certain diseases in which the immune system is used against us, such as in cancer and autoimmune diseases. Aside from the lab I enjoy curling and playing soccer.
I’m currently a researcher assistant in the Joel Weadge Lab at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I have an MsC in Biology where I spent time conducting microbiology and protein crystallography with proteins involved in the export of exopolysaccharides from the bacterial cell. In my spare time I do exercise, martial arts, and play soccer and hockey. Also I enjoy hiking and any sort of challenging physical activity.
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