I am Research Associate at the Canadian Pharmacogenomics Network for Drug Safety, University of British Columbia (UBC).
I completed my PhD at Stellenbosch University, where I performed pharmacogenomic studies in African populations. I subsequently received additional training in computational biology at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute. While at UBC, I have been supervised by Drs. Michael Hayden, Colin Ross and Bruce Carleton.
My work has recently been supported by both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program.
I am broadly interested in elucidating genetic factors that contribute towards human disease and drug response through the application of bioinformatic analyses to large scale clinical and genomic data. This research aims to identify genetic variants, genes and pathways that modify risk for either serious adverse drug reactions or disease. Biological insights obtained from these analyses can lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets as well as improved risk prediction models.
More information about the studies that I am currently undertaking or have recently been involved in can be found below.
PhD in Genetics, 2012
BSc Honours in Genetics, 2006
I am currently a Co-Investigator and Research Leader for a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network Grant. During my postdoctoral research, I was supported by numerous funding organizations, including the CIHR Fellowship as well as the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program. A detailed list can be found here.