Research and Teaching Interests
Hometown: Deloraine, Manitoba; B.Sc (University of Manitoba)
Research Project: My research project involves the development and study of novel organocatalytic asymmetric reaction methodologies. This includes developing new organocatalysts to promote asymmetric functionalization of small organic molecules. To study these novel reactions, techniques such as real time monitoring of reactions by ReactIRTM, NMR spectroscopy, supercritical fluid chromatography, and computational methods are employed. These novel organocatalysts and methods can be utilized in synthesis of biologically relevant molecules.
Reasons for Coming to U of M: I joined the Davis Research Group towards the end of my undergraduate degree and my interest developed in organocatalytic asymmetric reaction methodologies. Dr. Davis’ research interests overlapped extremely well with mine, so I decided to stay and pursue my graduate studies under her supervision.
Other Interests: One of my favourite things to do is to explore the universe using a telescope. Some other interests include reading non-fiction books, listening to music, watching sports, and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. I also invest my time in being involved in the community, advocating for education, volunteering, and following local politics closely.