Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor – Department of Applied Oral Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering , BSc Hon. – Biochem (University of Ottawa), BASc – Chem. Eng. (University of Ottawa), MASc and PhD – Biomedical Engineering (University of Toronto)
My research program focuses on the development of advanced tissue construct platforms and cell-based assay technologies to understand fundamental phenomenon that govern tissue homeostasis and responses in human diseases. Specifically I’m interested in creating in vitro tools to understand the role of human associated microbes in chronic disease, including metabolic syndrome, fibrosis and cancers. When not in my office or in the lab, you can find me hiking on one of many scenic Nova Scotia coastline trails with my camera.
MASc candidate – Biomedical Engineering, BSc – Medical Sciences (Dalhousie University)
I am a proud Cape Bretoner who loves to paint as well as kayak and stand up paddle board with my miniature schnauzer Sophie. I attended Dalhousie University for my undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences and completed the directed project in Medical Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Brendan Leung. This project looked at the affects of e-cigarettes on lung epithelium wound healing. Currently, I am working in Dr. Leung’s lab to study bacterial growth in Aqueous two-phase systems. I will continue my work with Dr. Leung as I pursue my Master of Applied Science degree at Dalhousie in the fall.
Summer student, BSc Hon. – Biology (Dalhousie University)
I am a recent graduate from a BSc in Honours Biology at Dalhousie University. I have always had a particular interest in oral health which lead me to focus my Honours research on a strain of oral bacterium, known as Streptococcus mutans, and how extracellular protein disulfide bond formation affects various virulence factors of S. mutans. This summer I will be teaming up with some colleagues, under the supervision of Dr. Brendan Leung, to test the stability of a polyethylene glycol (PEG) and dextran (DEX) aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) by analyzing the effects of bacteria loading and maturation in the ATPS with different strains of bacteria, such as E. coli and S. mutans. By testing the limits of this ATPS, we hope to gain a better understanding of the ATPS parameters and optimize this ATPS for application to studying different microbe-mammalian cell interaction.
Being from a small fishing town in Cape Breton, NS, I’ve always had a love for the environment and being outdoors. Other interests outside of the lab include: sports, cooking, travelling, and reading.
Summer student, Medical Sciences (Dalhousie University)
I am a third year Medical Sciences student at Dalhousie University. I am from Dartmouth Nova Scotia and my hobbies include jujitsu, hiking, rugby, and snowboarding. I am currently a volunteer researcher with Dr. Leung’s lab. I assist in biomedical engineering based experiments to study bacterial growth and co-cultured growth using advanced ATPS cell culturing techniques to better understand interaction between mammalian and bacterial cells and to hopefully gain more insight into early stages of disease.
Gavin Raddall – Honour thesis student, Medical Science, 2018
Jessica Grant-Burt – Summer student 2017
Emily Bishop – DDS summer student, 2017
Claire Jurgens – Undergraduate research student, 2017
Michaela Kember – Undergraduate research student, Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP), 2017
Lauren Kelly – Undergraduate research student, Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP), 2017
Jacob Nickerson – DDS summer student, 2016