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Centre for Biomedical Research
University of Victoria,
PO Box 3020 STN CSC,
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3N5
Canada
Phone: 250-472-4072
Fax: 250-472-4075
bens ^at^ uvic ^dot^ ca

I am a PhD student working in Dr. Ben Koop's lab at the University of Victoria

Research

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.