I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph under the mentorship of Dr. Coral L. Murrant, professor and associate chair of the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Science.
In general terms, my research focus aims at investigating how skeletal muscle is able to communicate to the surrounding microvasculature in order to ensure blood flow delivery is sufficiently matched to the metabolic demand of skeletal muscle during rest and exercise. More specifically, I am interested in the burgeoning idea of a redundant control paradigm that may underlie skeletal blood flow regulation. This hypothesis suggests that the antagonism of one vasodilator (be it pharmacological or pathological) can be compensated for by the augmented effect of another vasodilator, thereby safeguarding the tight coupling between blood flow and skeletal muscle metabolism. While this hypothesis is in its infancy it has received recognition by Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, The Journal of Physiology, North American Vascular Organization among others. Through various travel awards (including The Microcirculatory Society’s own Benjamin W. Zweifach Graduate Student Travel award) I have had the privilege of presenting this work locally, nationally and internationally!
Aside from research I also serve as the chair of the MCS trainee committee, a newly formed initiative aiming to promote the engagement of trainees within the society as well as increase the society’s social media presence. To learn more about the Microcirculatory Society please visit our Facebook page or tweet us @The_MCSociety. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the trainee committee, please email me.
Posted May 10, 2017