I supervise students at many levels: summer students, honours students and graduate students. I supervise honours students in the Neuroscience, Health Sciences, and Biological Sciences degree programs. Graduate students are supervised through the Neuroscience graduate (MSc and PhD) programs.

Post Doctorate Fellows

Jennifer Bialecki  (Ph.D. 2017, Neuroscience, University of Calgary) joined my laboratory as a Post doctorate fellow in September 2017 and is co-supervised by Matthew Hill and Roger Thompson. She is exploring the effects of various phytocannabinoids on cellular function and behaviour. Her salary came from a contract with GW Pharmaceuticals. She is now working in California.
Roberto Colangeli  (Ph.D. 2013, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Sapienza University of Rome,Italy) joined my laboratory as a Post doctorate fellow in February 2016. He completed his first postdoc in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Malta, Malta. He then won a presdigous Eyes High Fellowship at the University of Calgary. Roberto is exploring the effects of endocannabinoids on postictal hypoxia and behaviour.
Laurence David  (Ph.D. 2011 from University of British Columbia) joined my laboratory as an Eyes High Post doctorate scholar after completing a PhD with Dr. Terry Snutch and his first post-doctorate with Dr. Lu-Yang Wang. He is examing the affect of hypoxia on neuronal excitability following seizures. Laurence holds a faculty position at Kwantlen Polytechic University, BC.
Simon Spanswick  (Ph.D. 2010 from University of Lethbridge) joined my laboratory as a Post doctorate fellow after completing a PhD with Dr. Rob Sutherland and a first post-doctorate with Dr. Richard Dyck. He examined the contribution of hypoxia on seizure-induced memory deficits. Simon directed the RUN facility within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. He now holds a faculty position in the Department of Psychology here at UofC.
Jeff Boychuk  (Ph.D. 2009 from University of Florida) joined my and Quentin Pittman's laboratory as a Post doctorate fellow after completing a PhD with Dr. Jeff Kleim. He is now an accomplished slice electrophysiologist and examined the role of the current Ih in pyramidal cells from layer V and in motor maps. After 2 years Jeff moved onto a second PDF at the University of Kentucky. He and his partner Carrie Boychuk moved to San Antonio Tesas where they both hold faculty positions.


Current Graduate Students

Marshal Wolff  (PhD expected 2019) joined the laboratory in September 2014 in the Neuroscience program as an Eyes High PhD student. Marshal holds an AI-HS scholarship. He is exploring the role of seizure-induced hypoxia on the behavioural comorbities and anatomical underpinnings that occur with epilepsy.
Thomas Phillips  (MSc expected 2019) joined the laboratory in January 2017 in the Neuroscience program. He is exploring the contribution of exogenous oxygen and carbon dioxide on the expression of postictal hypoxia.
Antis George  (MSc expected 2019) joined the laboratory in January 2017. His research is aimed at investigating the pathophysiology of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) with an emphasis on the role of seizure-induced hypoxia on specific brainstem nuclei.
Kwaku Addo-Osafo (M.Sc expected 2019) joined the Masters program in Neuroscience in September 2017. He is examining the effect of postictal hypoxia on hippocampal neurogenesis and dendritic sprouting/spine density. He is co-supervised by Jon Epp.


Former Graduate Students

Alex Wall  (MSc 2017) joined the laboratory in May 2015 in the Neuroscience program. She explored the role of seizure-induced hypoxia on the sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). She held a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship. Alex manages a laboratory in the Department of Psychology here at UofC.
Jordan Farrell  (Ph.D. 2017) joined the laboratory in September 2011 after obtaining his BSc in Biology from Waterloo University. He held AIMS and QEII scholarships and was also supported by the Sembo Family Foundation. He investigated the phenomenon, mechanism and treatment of seizure-induced hypoxia. He won a CIHR Brain star award and the Canadian League Against Epilepsy paper of the year (2016) for his eLife paper.He is now postdocing at Stanford University.He recently one a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship.
Tania Bhullar  (M.Sc. 2015) joined the laboratory in September 2013 in the Psychology program. She explored the seizure-induced hypoxia phenomenon in young animals.
Kathleen Scullion  (M.Sc. 2011, PhD 2015) joined the laboratory in September 2009 at the MSc level after obtaining her BSc from Brock University. She held a QEII scholarship and then an Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions scholarship. She investigated the role of serotonin on motor map expression for her MSc and for her PhD she examined the role endocannobinoids and stress on motor map expression and motor performance. She is now pursuing a career as a clinical trialist.
Justin Rodych (M.Sc 2015) was a Psychology Masters student investigated the effect of seizures on motor map expression. Justin has held a QEII scholarship. He now works for Alberta Health Services.

Haruna Dika  (Ph.D. 2015) also holds an MD degree and is a faculty member and Head of Physiology at Catholic University of Allied and Health Sciences in Mwanza, Tanzania. He joined the laboratory in May 2011. He explored the effect of anti-seizure drugs on motor map expression and seizure-induced hypoxia. He was supported by a Feasby Award and the International Office at the University of Calgary.

Anna Singleton  (M.Sc. 2014) joined the laboratory in September 2012 in the Psychology program after obtaining her BSc in Psychology from Dalhousie University. She examined the development of complex movements in rats using long-train intracortical microstimulation. She now lives in Sydney Australia and working towards her PhD.
Andrew Brown  (Ph.D. 2013) joined the laboratory as a Masters student in September 2006 with an AIMS award. He won an NSERC for his second year. He investigated neural network changes associated with Parkinson's disease in an animal model. He completed his MSc in April 2009 and then entered the PhD program. Andrew examined the complex movements elicited by long-train ICMS and finished PhD in December 2013. He held NSERC, Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, QEII and Silver Anniversary scholarships. Andrew is now a pdf in Dr. Marina Martinez's laboratory at University de Montreal.
Ahmed Hussin  (M.Sc. 2013) joined the laboratory in September 2011 after obtaining his BSc in Psychology from Dalhousie University. He examined the response of layer V pyrmidal neurons to endocannabinoid agonists/antagonists using patch clamping techniques. Ahmed held a QEII scholarship. He is now a PhD student at York University.
Jordan Robinson  (M.Sc. 2011) joined the laboratory in January 2010 with Roger Thompson as co-supervisor after obtaining his BSc in Psychology and Biology from U. of C. He held a QEII scholarship. He investigated the role of pannexin hemichannels in plasticity and epilepsy. After defending his thesis Jordan moved into an Engineering program here at University of Calgary.

Ryan McCarthy  (M.Sc. 2011) joined the laboratory in September 2009 after completing an undergraduate degree at Queen's University. He investigated the link between forelimb motor maps and forelimb behaviour. He held a QEII scholarship. Ryan teaches school in Calgary.

Amy Henderson  (Ph.D. 2011) joined the laboratory in May 2007 after obtaining her BSc from McMaster University and a MSc at McGill University. She investigated the role of brain stimulation on plasticity in the sensorimotor neocortex. She held an AHFMR scholarship. Amy is currently living in Ontario.
Aylin Reid  (Ph.D. 2010) joined the laboratory in July 2007 with Quentin Pittman as co-supervisor after obtaining her BSc and MD from Dalhousie University. For her Ph.D. she investigated the short- and long-term effects of febrile convulsions in rats. She was funded by AHFMR, CIP and Killam. After completing her Ph.D. she returned to her neurology residency program. In July 2012 she began a fellowship in Los Angeles. Aylin now holds a faculty position at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer Vuong (M.Sc 2010) began her Masters in September 2008 and explored the role of seizures on somatosensory maps in rats using fMRI. She also examined changes in tissue oxygen levels during and following kindled seizures. Jennifer had an Open scholarship and then won an NSERC CGS. Jennifer began medical school in August 2010 and is now a pathologist.
Nicole Young (M.Sc. 2004, Ph.D. 2008) completed her undergraduate training at Dalhousie University and moved to Calgary in September 2002.  She examined the role of glucocorticoids on epileptogenesis in juveniles for her Masters thesis.  She won NSERC and AHFMR post graduate scholarships for her Ph.D.  She used the intra-cortical microstimulation technique to learn more about the development as well as the effects of various treatments on movement representations (motor maps). She completed a post doctorate position at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee with Professor Jon Kaas. Nicole is now at Ohio State University.
Lana Ozen  (M.Sc. 2008) joined the laboratory in May 2005 with a summer NSERC award.  She began her Masters in September 2006 and investigated the ability of low frequency stimulation to reverse kindling-induced map expansion. Her thesis results are published in Neuroscience. She began her PhD at Waterloo University in September 2008 and is now a post-doc at Lakehead University.
Corey Flynn (M.Sc. 2003, Ph.D. 2007) obtained his B.Sc. honours from Dalhousie University and joined our Graduate Program at the M.Sc. level in September of 2001.  He defended his M.Sc. thesis in September 2003 and then joined our Ph.D. program.  His Masters thesis investigated the effects of cortical activation in seizure-prone and seizure-resistant rats. He held an NSERC PGSA and PGSB Scholarships as well as a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship.  For his Ph.D., Corey disambiguating the two primary affects of kindling, a low seizure threshold and repeated seizures, on brain reorganization. He defended his PhD in December of 2007, won an AHFRM post-doctorate fellowship and moved to France to work with Christophe Bernard. Corey is now an Instructor in the Biological Sciences Department here at U. of C.
Francine Van Rooyen (M.Sc. 2007) began her MSc program here in the Department of Psychology.  She has determined that hippocampal seizures expand forelimb movement representations (motor maps) and that they can be returned to normal size by training on a task requiring skilled usage of the forelimb. Her thesis was funded by NSERC. Francine entered medical school at U. of C. in August 2009 and is now practising Family Medicine in her native South Africa
Luke Henry (M.Sc. 2006) completed his undergraduate training at here at the University of  Calgary in December 2003.  He investigated the effects of kindling on learned skilled behaviour.  Luke was funded by NSERC.  He received his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the Universite de Montreal in 2011. He is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburg.
Crystal Goertzen (M.Sc. 2005) received her B.Sc. from The University of Lethbridge and began her M.Sc. in May of 2002.  She examined ultrastructural changes in the neocortex following kindling and discovered an increase in perforated synapses. Crystal went on to train to be a counselor and is now working for the Calgary Health Region in that capacity.
Marie Monfils (M.Sc. 2002) obtained her B.Sc. honours from the University of Calgary and joined our Graduate Program at the M.Sc. level in September of 2000. Her main focus was on neocortical LTP and LTD and their effects on movement representations and dendritic morphology. She also explored the effects of reach training on synaptic efficacy in the caudal forelimb region of the rat neocortex.  All of this work has been published.  She held an NSERC PGSA Scholarship and a PGSB Scholarship.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Lethbridge and is now in a post doctorate position with Joseph LeDoux. Marie is an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin. Click here to access her website.
Trevor Gilbert (Ph.D. 2001) obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Victoria and joined our Graduate Program at the Ph.D. level in September of 1995.    Trevor's dissertation explored the validity of guinea-pig kindling as a model of human partial epilepsy by examining the effects of the traditional anticonvulsants (Phenytoin, Carbamazepine, Phenobarbital, Valproate, and Ethosuximide) on seizure threshold and seizure propagation measures.  He held an NSERC PGSB Scholarship, a Province of Alberta Government Fellowship (PAGF) and a Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS).  Trevor is a tenured Professor at Athabasca University.
Jayne Hutchinson (M.Sc. 2000) graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in 1997 and an M.Sc. in 2000.  For her Masters thesis, Jayne explored the relationship between brain regeneration and seizures.  She held an NSERC PGSA Scholarship.  Jayne coordinated research projects that investigated the basis of schizophrenia.  She is now raising twin boys, a daughter, and running a successful business. 
Pam Valentine (M.Sc. 1997) was the first M.Sc. student to graduate from my laboratory. Pam explored the role of neuromodulatory systems (acetylcholine and serotonin) on neocortical activation and long-term potentiation. She held NSERC PGSA and PGSB Scholarships as well as a AHFMR.  Pam finished her Ph.D. (2002) under the supervision of Dr. Jos Eggermont, and did a Post-doc with him here in the Department of Psychology.  Pam held an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. She served as interm Chief Executive Officer at Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions and is now the CEO of the MS Society.


Research Associates

Bonita Gunning (nee Ma) (M.Sc 2007) is my full time Research Assistant. Bonita completed her M.Sc. in Mike Corcoran's laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan.
Stephanie Stotz (PhD 2006) Stephanie completed her MSc in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr Lawerence Haynes before going on to finish her PhD in Neuroscience with Dr Gerald Zamponi at the University of Calgary. She postdoc'd in the lab of Dr David Clapham at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School before returning to Calgary in 2013 as a research associate / lab manager for Dr Michael Colicos. As a research associate in my lab, Stephanie is studying the impact of cannabinoids on long term depression in collaboration with GW Pharmaceuticals.
Alexis Demecha (B.Sc 2014) was my full time Research Assistant. Alexis was trained at the University of Lethbridge and worked in Bruce McNaughton's laboratory. Alexis then went in to a Nursing program.


Current Undergraduate Students

Annie Vo (B.Sc expected 2021) is a BSc Neuroscience student who is examining a model of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
Renaud Gom (B.Sc expected 2018) is a BSc Neurosciences student who is examining the influence of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and THC on postictal hypoxia. He started graduate school in September of 2018.
Dana Newton-Gunderson (B.Sc expected 2021) is a BSc Neurosciences student who is examining the effect of caffeine on postictal hypoxia.


Former Undergraduate Students

Tefani Perera was a BSc Neurosciences student who is examining the role of nicardipine in a model of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Tefani started medical school at UofC in 2018.
Corin Kuang (B.Sc 2018) was a BSc Neuroscience student who examined the effect of ibuprofen in a model of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
Will Wilson (B.Sc 2017) was a BSc Neurosciences student who examined the effect of postictal hypoxia on fear conditioning in amygdala kindled rats. He started graduate school here at UofC in September of 2017 and will start medical school at UofC in 2019.
Malek Amr (B.Sc 2017) was a Biological Sciences student who examined epileptogenesis in CPYD mice using the kindling model.
Kwaku Addo-Osafo (B.H.Sc 2017) was a PURE supported summer student as well as a Bachelor of Health Sciences honours student who explored the role of various drugs related to COX-2 function on seizure-induced hypoxia. He started graduate school in September 2017.
Alex Vu (B.Sc expected 2019) is a BSc Neurosciences student who examined the effect of repeated opiate administration and opiate withdrawal on motor map expression in mice.
Matilda Klinkhart (B.Sc 2016) was a student from Spain who completed her Neuroscience degree while in Calgary. Matilda examined the role of seizures and seizure-induced hypoxia on breathing in mice.
Rita Gustainis (B.Sc expected 2017) is NSERC supported summer student as well as a Neuroscience honours student at the University of Western who is exploring the role of the COX1/2 pathway on seizure-induced hypoxia. Rita started medical school at UofT in 2018.
Bryce Geeraert (B.Sc 2015) was a Psychology student who explored the role of the COX1/2 pathway on seizure-induced hypoxia. Bryce went on to graduate school at UofC.
Alyson Guy (B.Sc 2015) was a Zoology honours student who is exploring the role of stress and endocannabinoids on motor map expression. Alyson then went to Veterinary school at U. of S.
Jeff Grab (B.Sc. 2015) is a Bachelor of Neuroscience honours student who joined my laboratory after finishing his first year. He explored the affect of anti-seizure medications on motor map expression. Jeff then entered medical school at the University of Alberta.
Keelin Rivard (BHSc 2014) was a Bachelor of Health Sciences student who examined the effect of endocannabinoids on motor performance and motor maps. Keelin began a MSc in September 2014 in the Medical Sciences program.
Lucas Fabbri was a HYRS student who worked with Kathleen Scullion on the effect of a phytocannabinoid on motor performance and motor maps.
Marshal Wolff (B.Sc 2014) was a Bachelor of Neuroscience honours student. He examined the effect of various pharmaceutical agents on the hypoxic period after seizures. Then he joined my lab as a PhD student (see above).
Nadine Mahgoub (B.Sc 2014) was a Biological Sciences honours student. She examined the seperate effects of the FAAH and MAGL inhibition on motor map expression.
Linda Ding was a Bachelor of Health Sciences honours student who won a summer NSERC and worked with Kathleen Scullion on the role of endocannabinoids in motor map expression. Linda started medical school at the University of Alberta in 2013.
Andrew Kim was a HYRS student working closely with Kathleen Scullion on the role of stress in motor map expression. Andrew won the Calgary Brain Bee competition in 2013.
Sarah Park was a HYRS student working with Anna Singleton on the development of complex movements in the rat.
Rachel Wang (B.Sc 2013) was a Bachelor of Neuroscience honours student. She examined the effect of various drugs on blocking seizure-induced severe ischemic/hypoxic episodes. Rachel is an MD student at the University of Alberta.
Gerry Coughlin (B.Sc 2013) was a Psychology honours student. He examined the effect of seizures on complex movements derived with long-train intracortical microstimulation.
Trevor Low was a HYRS program student investigating the affect of seizures on behavioural dysfunction. Trevor then joined the Neuroscience BSc program at UofC. He is President of the Neuroscience students association.
Laura Palmer (nee Ansell) (B.Sc 2012) was a Bachelor of Neuroscience honours student. She explored the role of the channel Ih on motor map expression in rats and mice. Laura is in the MD/PhD program and is working in Dr. Roger Thompson's laboratory.
Amanda Aitken (B.Sc 2012) was a Psychology honours student. She is examining the role of serotonin in motor map expression. She went on to work with children as an Early Intervention Therapist at the Society for Treatment of Autism.
Omid Javizain (B.Sc 2012) was a Bachelor of Neuroscience honours student. He explored the effect of the putative anticonvulsant Bumetanide on the expression of motor maps. Omid joined the Neuroscience graduate program in September of 2014.
Luc Boutin was a HYRS program student investigating the affect of seizures on behavioural dysfunction. He then volunteered in the laboratory for a term.
Alex Kim (B.Sc expected 2014) is a BSc Neuroscience student exploring the role of spreading depression on hypoxia. Alex then moved on to Journalism school.
Tom Seredynski (B.Sc 2013) joined the laboratory after his first and second year of his BSc Neuroscience degree. He has been supported by a PURE and AI-HS scholarships. Tom examined the induction of hypoxia in the hippocampus following seizures. Tom then went to medical school.
Angela Seto (B.Sc 2011) was a Psychology honours student who explored the role of the raphe nucleus and serotonin on motor map expression. She then went on to Craig Brown's laboratory at the University of Victoria and completed her MSc degree.
Ian Ferguson (B.Sc 2011) was a Biological Sciences (Zoology) honours student. He explored the role of vasoconstriction in focal brain hypoxia. He was co-supervised by Corey Flynn. Ian entered Medical school at UBC.
Justin Rodych (B.Sc 2011) was a Psychology honours student investigated the affect of seizures on motor map expression and behavioural dysfunction in two strains of rats that differ in their propensity for epileptogenesis. He entered graduate school in September 2011.
Franco Rizzuti (B.Sc 2010) completed a degree in Biological Sciences and was an indepedent studies student. He investigated changes in oxygen levels during seizures. He was honoured with the U of C's President's Award, the university's highest honour for excellence in student leadership. Franco finished a graduate program at U. of C. and then went to medical school a U. of C. and served as President of the Medical Students Association.
Rachel Sharkey (B.Sc 2012) was a 2nd year BSc Neuroscience student supported by AI-HS. Rachel investigated the affect of seizures on motor map expression and behavioural dysfunction in two strains of rats that differ in their propensity for epileptogenesis. Rachel entered graduate school as a PhD student at McGill University in September 2012.
Nicole Zanewick (B.Sc 2011) was a NSERC supported summer student from McGill University. Nicole examined the potency of a variety of stimulation waveforms on their ability to restore normal forelimb behaviour in a rat model of unilateral Parkinsonianism.
Chelsey Innes (B.Sc 2010) was a Psychology honours student who investigated the function and plasticity of motor cortex in rodents. Chelsey is in a nuclear medicine program.
Lauren Forrest (B.Sc 2011) was a University of Toronto Coop student who completed a work term in my laboratory. She then entered medical school.
Jordan Robinson (B.Sc 2009) was an NSERC funded summer student, then a Psychology honours student examining ultrasonic vocalizations following inflammation and then finishing his second degree in Biological Sciences before joining my lab as a MSc student (see above).
Tristan Armstrong was a Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program student who worked with Jennifer Vuong on the effect of seizures and kindling on pO2 levels in the rat sensorimotor cortex.
Lauren Robinson (B.Sc 2011) was an NSERC-funded summer student who joined the lab after completing her second year in Physiology at McGill University.
Jonathan Taylor (B.Sc 2011) was an AHFMR-funded summer student who joined the lab after completing his second year in Kinesiology at McMaster University. He then began travelling the world. Jonathan is a medical student at Lakehead University.
Virginia Woo (B.Sc 2012) was a PURE- funded summer student who joined the lab after completing her first year in the new BSc Neuroscience degree program at the University of Calgary. She went to Veterinary school after he first degree.
Saima Ikram (B.Sc 2009) was an AHFMR funded summer student and then became an honours student examining rapid (3Hz) kindling and movement representations.
Ryan Flannigan (B.Sc 2008) was an honours student who examined the behavioural consequences of febrile convulsions in rats genetically predisposed to epileptogenesis. He also held an NSERC summer student award in 2008. Ryan entered medical school at U. of C. in 2008. He then went to Vancouver for 5 years and finished a Urology residency. He is now in New York at Cornell doing a 2 year fellowship in male infertility and microsurgery.
Jennifer Vuong (B.Sc 2008) held summer NSERC awards in my laboratory in both 2007 and 2008. As an honours student she examined the development of motor maps. She then entered our MSc degree program in Psychology (see above).
Palki Arora (B.Sc. 2008) was a HBSc student who held a summer studentship in my laboratory in 2005 and 2006. She completed a research course in the fall of 2007 examining the persistence of motor maps and then did an honours thesis in my laboratory investigating the putative anticonvulsant properties of anti-estrogen compounds. Palki the studied Optometry at Waterloo University and now is in practise in Calgary.
Nicole Huck was a Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) program student who worked with Amy Henderson on the effect of LTP and reach training on motor maps.
Yuko Koshimori (B.Sc. 2007) was a Psychology student who held a Silver Anniversary and NSERC summer scholarships in my laboratory in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She worked as a research assistant in my laboratory in 2007-08. She became a MSc student in Rehabilitative Therapy in Toronto and then moved into a PhD program.
Jenna Pylypow (B.Sc. 2008) was an honours student explored the ultrasonic vocalizations of rat pups that are genetically predisposed to epileptogenesis. Jenna entered the University of Alberta's MD program in 2009. She is a Psychiatry resident at UofS.
Franco Rizzuti (BSc 2010) held a summer NSERC scholarship in my laboratory in 2007. He examined the effect of seizures on organization of hindlimb motor maps. Franco went onto a Masters program and became President of the Graduate Students Association. (see above).
Jason Baserman (B.Sc. 2007) was a 4th year student who completed a research project investigating the effects a seizure on circadian rhythms. He was co-supervised with Dr. Mike Antle. His work has been published in Chronobiology International. Jason managed Kaplan in Manhattan designing curriculum for training instructors on the MCAT, DAT, and OAT courses. He then entered medical school at U. of C.
Natalia Beloukhina (B.Sc. 2007) was a HBSc student who held a a Silver Anniversary summer scholarship in my laboratory. She entered UBCs Island Medical program at Victoria in 2010.
Michelle Mather was my full-time research assistant in 2006. She then completed a Masters degree in Neuroscience.
Tara Zyla was a University of Lethbridge student who held a Canadian Stroke Network summer studentship in my laboratory.
Sarah Larson (B.Sc. 2004) joined the laboratory in January 2005 with an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Victoria.  She was my full time research associate for 2005/06. Sarah enrolled in Neuropsychology program in England.
Lana Ozen  (B.A. 2005) joined the laboratory in May 2005.  She had a summer NSERC award and then worked as a  part time research associate before entering graduate school (see above).
Erin Carter  had a summer NSERC award and then obtained a degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to medical school at the University of Calgary.
Faith Ng is a HBSc student who held a summer studentship in my laboratory. She then went to medical school in Australia.
Arden Lee (B.Sc. 2004) examined cell loss following amygdala kindling.  Arden then entered The University of Alberta Medical School. He is now specializing in Diagnostic Radiology also at U. of A.
Zain Jivraj (B.Sc. 2004) examined the effect of LTD on subsequent neocortical kindling.  She then went to Waterloo School of Optometry and now has a practise in Calgary.
Francine Van Rooyen (B.Sc. 2004) examined the effect of LTP on subsequent neocortical kindling.  Francine began her MSc program in May here in the Department of Psychology (see above).
Bonita Ma (B.Sc. 2003) worked in the lab. for 2003-2004 as a research assistant.  She started graduate school at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2004. Bonita is my research assistant.
Adrianne Boonstra (B.Sc. 2004) examined the effect of zinc on seizures and epileptogenesis in the Fast and Slow kindling rat strains. Adrianne moved to Adelaide Australia, and entered a graduate medical program. She has an interest in neural medicine.
Sonja Fremit (B.Sc. 2004) examined the effect of sensory stimulation on seizure severity.  This work is published in Neuroscience Letters.  She works as an emergency medical specialist.
Melissa Jakobsen (B.Sc. 2003) examined the effect of repeated stimulation, following stroke, on movement and seizure thresholds.  She entered an M.Sc. degree program at Dalhousie University in September 2003. She then moved to Switzerland to teach.
Catherine Marshall (B.Sc. 2002) examined the effect of phenytoin on recovery from stroke as well as examining locomotor behaviour and evoked potentials in an animal model of Parkinson's disease.  She obtained a degree in Counseling Psychology from U. of C.
Derek Pontin (B.Sc. 2003) explored the role of NMDA receptor activation following skilled learning induced potentiation.  Derek went to law school at the University of Alberta.
Christine Chang (B.Sc. 2002) completed a project investigating the effect of amygdala kindling on neocortical evoked potentials and skilled reaching behaviour.  Christine finished medical student at The University of Calgary and then specialized in Psychiatry.
Lee Jones (B.Sc. 2002) investigated the effects of seizures on angiogenesis - the proliferation of new blood vessels.  Lee was President of the Psychology Students Association and subsequently graduated with an MD from the University of Alberta and practises in Red Deer.
Kathleen Radford (B.Sc. 2002) electrically and PTZ kindled Monoamine Knockout mice. This work is published in Epilepsy Research.  Kathleen graduated from law school at the University of Alberta and is practicing law in Calgary.
Laura Craig (B.Sc. 2001) examined the effect of seizures on the behavioural recovery/compensation following stroke. She has completed her M.Sc. with Freda Miller at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and then did a Ph.D. at the University of Lethbridge. She postdoced with Dr. Sam Weiss at U. of C, directed the RUN facility and is now a Veterinarian.
Simon Kassem (B.Sc. 2001) explored the effects of seizures on the anatomic recovery following stroke.  Simon is a school teacher in the Calgary area.
Isaac Bogoch (B.Sc. 2000) explored the role of a glial cell protein S100beta in epileptogenesis, by kindling in transgenic, knockout and wild type mice.  This study was published in Molecular Brain Research.   Isaac was an honours student who was co-supervised by Dr. Richard Dyck.  Isaac finished medical school at the University of Toronto and then did a residency program in internal medicine.
  Clinton Joseph (B.Sc. 2000) examined the effect of febrile seizures in juvenile rats on their subsequent susceptibility to electrical kindling as adults as his honours project.
Marie Monfils (B.Sc. 2000) examined the effect of GABA agonists and antagonists on the neocortical evoked potential (see above).
  Shelaine Moore (B.Sc. 2000) did a conference course which investigated the effect of short- and long-term kindling in the guinea pig on "anxiety" related behaviours.  Shelaine is a practicing nurse.
Heather Lawrence (B.Sc. 1999), explored the role of seizures on behavioural recovery following motor cortex lesions in rats.  Heather entered a Physiotherapy graduate program at McMaster University in 2003. She is a practicing physiotherapist in Vancouver.
Shannon Corley (B.Sc. 1998) was a transfer student from the University of Victoria who finished her B.Sc. here.  She explored the effects of valproic acid on amygdaloid kindling in the guinea-pig as well as attempting to potentiate and kindle the guinea-pig neocortex.  She completed her Masters degree in Neuroscience here at U. of C. and then was a scuba dive instructor in the Red Sea (Egypt). Shannon now works for an equipment supply company in British Columbia.
Vinay Bharadia (B.Sc. 1998) examined the effects of phenytoin on amygdaloid kindling in the guinea-pig and we published this work in Experimental Brain Research.  He also completed his Masters degree in Neuroscience here at U. of C.  Vinay was working in England as a Neuropsychologist and then joined the Neuropsychology program at U. of Victoria in September 2003. He was a neuropsychology resident at the Ottawa Hospital Consortium and now see patients in Calgary.
Jayne Hutchinson (B.Sc. 1997) investigated the neocortical long-term potentiation phenomena in the visual neocortex of awake freely moving rats.  She then went on to our Masters program and finished in 2000 (see above).  She is raising twin boys, a daughter and a son and running a business.
Jacqueline Rose (nee Westly) (B.Sc. 1997) investigated the neocortical long-term potentiation phenomena in the motor neocortex of awake freely moving rats. She finished her Masters thesis at Queens University and then a Ph.D. at UBC in Cathy Rankin's laboratory. After a post doc with Ann Marie Craig, Jacquie joined Western Washington University as an Assistant Professor.
Leslie Spongberg (B.Sc. 1996) examined long-term potentiation of thalamocortical pathways in the chronic neocortical preparation.  She then pursued an acting career in Vancouver (note the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle suit).  It is a biological fact that reptiles (i.e. turtles) do not have mammary glands.  This must be the mutation noted in the title above.  Leslie received a PhD from Fielding Graduate University.
  Liz Thiessen (B.Sc. 1996) kindled guinea-pigs using the alternate-site paradigm. This study was published in Epilepsy Research
  Karina Brant-Martin (B.Sc. 1995) investigated the involvement of the dopaminergic system in amygdaloid kindling in the rat.
Jason Min (B.Sc. 1995) explored the involvement of the cerebellar deep nuclei on amygdaloid kindling in the rat.  He won the Undergraduate Research Award for his year and the study was published in Epilepsia . Jason obtained his medical training at The University of Alberta, and a residency program in Obstetrics.  He is now living in Calgary and working at a fertility clinic.
Pam Valentine (B.Sc. 1994) was my first honours student. She carried out the first potentiation study in awake freely moving guinea-pigs. Pam won the Undergraduate Research Award for her year and then entered our M.Sc. program in my laboratory (see above).
  Christopher Trepel (B.Sc. 1993) was the first student in my laboratory. We collected data and published the first report on kindling in the guinea-pig.  He subsequently joined Ron Racine's laboratory at McMaster University and obtained his Ph.D. in 1997.  Chris did a two year post-doc with Michael Stryker at University of California, San Francisco.  He has joined the business world.

 
 
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