My research focuses on human cardiovascular and environmental physiology. My research interests include 1) the mechanisms controlling forearm and brain blood vessel function in men and women, 2) how humans have physiologically adapted to their environments (i.e. high altitude), and 3) the potential cardiovascular benefits of heat therapy.
Why did you decide to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC? Did you consider other opportunities?
UBC Okanagan has world class human physiology researchers located in one of the nicest parts of Canada. Not many places can you ski in the morning and be back in the lab in the afternoon!
What specifically attracted you to your research group?
I had been a part of the Centre of Heart, Lung & Vascular Healthy during my MSc and continued to collaborate with the Centre throughout my PhD. The Centre promotes collaborations, encourages independence, and affords opportunities to conduct field research unlike any other.
What advice do you have for new postdoctoral fellows?
Find a location that makes you happy—that includes the people you work with, the work you're doing, the opportunities to travel (if you're into that), and where in the world you're based out of.
What do you like to do for fun?
Trail running, paddling, rock climbing, gardening, farmers' markets, and craft beer.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your postdoctoral fellowship?
Turning ambitious ideas into reality.
What does receiving this award mean for your career?
This award allows me to dedicate the majority of my time to research, ultimately giving me greater opportunity to grow as an independent scientist.