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In my research, I use computational and experimental methods to examine the epigenetic interface between neurodevelopment and environment. I am a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Janine LaSalle at the University of California, Davis. I received my Ph.D. in the lab of Shiva Singh at the the University of Western Ontario.  ​When not working away on my research I contribute to EpiGenie as the Epigenetics Editor & Writer.  Outside of the science world I enjoy biking, swimming, and photography.

Through this website you can learn about my research, publications, programs, and resume as well as science communication efforts related to my own research and EpiGenie. My current research is focused on applying low-pass whole genome bisulfite sequencing to understand neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders. I am interested in understanding genetic and environmental impacts on the epigenome as well as gene x environment interactions. In order to investigate these effects my research has focused on prenatal exposures and genetic disorders. Through computational and experimental approaches, I focus on developing methods to non-invasively profile neurodevelopmental disorders from sample sources such as cell free fetal DNA and buccal epithelial swabs, where I compare those results to model systems that include genetically engineered neuronal cell lines. I am also involved in a number of diverse collaborations related to my bioinformatic programs: CpG_Me and DMRichR.