I am a PhD student working in Dr. Ben Koop's lab at the University of Victoria
My main interests involve studying external influences on gene transcription using systems-based tools. I am also interested in the use of this data to infer physiological responses and ecological consequences of the influences.
The main model that I am studying involves the host-parasite interactions of salmon and sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) at a physiological and molecular level. Mainly through transcriptomic investigation, I am trying to understand the mechanisms behind varying sensitivity to sea lice infections.
Additionally, I am investigating transcriptional responses of sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis to environmentally-relevent disturbances.
Identifying creative new ways to interpret large data sets is also of interest to me.
Currently Applying: microarrays (oligo and cDNA), relative quantitative real-time PCR, and immunoassays.