I've had amazing mentors, and am lucky enough to work with those who inspire me. This list is a homage to those who helped me become a scientist.
Prof. Greg Scholes
Professor Scholes is my scientific role model. I am inspired by the effortless way he seems to generate amazing ideas, the diligence and rigorous manner in which he still reads papers and books (despite his stature in the field) and for fostering such a collegial atmosphere in our group.
Prof. Jack Tuszynski
University of Alberta
I first met Prof. Tuszynski as an undergraduate student. Since, he has mentored me through every turn in my life as a graduate student, and was an outstanding Ph.D. mentor. I still have a great relationship with him as we work together on a new project.
Prof. Sabine Petry
Prof. Petry's work is on the interface of microtubule biology and physical chemistry. We collaborate to understand how microtubule excitonics influences its' biochemistry.
Prof. Sir David MacMillan
The field and practice of photocatalysis deals with using light to enhance chemical reactions. Members of Prof. MacMillan's lab help us select photocatalysts and optimize chemical reactions to probe protein biochemistry.
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose
Mathematics and Physics
Over the years, I have been greatly influenced by the work of Prof. Penrose. We closely follow his thoughts on physics and biology, and I am lucky enough to be working with him on a project based on quantum effects in microtubules.
Prof. M Bruce MacIver
Anesthesia is closely linked to neuronal information processing. Prof. MacIver, being an expert on the topic, has helped us understand how anesthetics may interact with cytoskeletal polymers.
Prof. Al Meldrum
University of Alberta
We work with Prof. Meldrum to determine how the environment of tubulin influences its' biochemistry. Prof. Meldrum played a key role in showing me how to critically review my own work.
Prof. Stuart Hameroff
University of Arizona
Prof. Hameroff provides biochemical insight into the experiments that we perform. His unconventional style of thinking has provoked new lines of conducting experiments.
Prof. Aristide Dogariu
Optics and Photonics
University of Central Florida
I work with Prof. Dogariu to develop optical techniques to probe protein biochemistry. Our work using light scattering has given insight into how protein age influences its dynamics in solution.